Outpouring of Support at Community United Rally

A rally at the Siegel Jewish Community Center in Talleyville drew several hundred participants yesterday with a shared sentiment of support for the organization that has been the target of several recent bomb threats.

Organized by West End Neighborhood House and United Way of Delaware, the Community United Rally attracted an estimated 600 people, many of whom signed an Open Letter to Hate.

Siegel JCC Executive Director Ivy Harlev saw this as an occasion to expand and strengthen our community. “It meant the world to me and gave a lot of people a warm heart,” she said. “I am so touched and moved by our community support from non-profits, for-profit businesses, cultural organizations and neighbors.” And Harlev wants others to know that she and the entire Siegel JCC is profoundly grateful for the level of support they have received from the police. “The law enforcement has been amazing. They are professional, responsive and very caring.”

Many of the clergy of different faiths who spoke said that “If you threaten one of us you threaten all of us.”

Many JCC members have traveled to the facility more than once to pick up children and other loved ones upon hearing the news of the threats and evacuations, which Harlev has called “an awful experience.” The fear and aggravation felt by many has reverberated through many communities, and citizens have reached out to legislators to voice their concern. Several elected officials spoke at the rally. Senator Chris Coons remarked, “Let’s show a round of applause for being a community that stands for love for all of our neighbors with no exception.” Sen. Tom Carper, Governor John Carney and Mayor Mike Purzycki also spoke to the crowd, offering words of encouragement and positive statements about inclusion.

Photos courtesy of Donna Harlev.

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Christy Fleming

Christy Fleming

The managing editor of TownSquareDelaware.com, Christy Fleming also supports a variety of non-profit initiatives in Delaware. Her background includes positions in public relations, advertising and journalism.

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