Rally against anti-Semitism Sunday afternoon

(Kim Kalunian/WPRI)

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – A gathering was held  in Providence Sunday afternoon to speak out against recent acts of anti-Semitism in Rhode Island and around the country.

The event was scheduled for 3 p.m. at the Holocaust Memorial on the River Walk in Providence.

It is described as a “multi-faith, multi denominational” event.

Governor Gina Raimondo, Senator Jack Reed and Congressmen David Cicilline and Jim Langevin attended Sunday’s event.

“We are lucky enough to live in a state that was founded on the principles of tolerance, religious tolerance, and we are strong enough to be here together to stand against hate,” Gov. Raimondo said in her speech at the event.

Last Monday, the Jewish Community Center on Elmgrove Avenue in Providence was evacuated after staff received a threatening phone call. Nothing was found and it was one of several threats against Jewish centers around the country that day.

Later in the week, Barrington police launched an investigation after anti-Semitic graffiti was found on a sign along the East Bay Bike Path.

More than eighty Jewish community centers and schools nationwide have received threats since the beginning of the year.