November 30, 2023

Mayors from over 50 U.S. municipalities have pledged a 10-point plan to combat Antisemitism in their cities at the 2023 North American Mayors Summit Against Antisemitism. The summit aimed to establish best practices and action steps for proactive measures against the growing threat of Antisemitism. Mayors pledged to designate a coordinator to communicate with the local Jewish community, implement the IHRA Working Definition of Antisemitism, and maintain a zero-tolerance policy for antisemitism. They also initiated an education plan for municipal employees and collaborated with educational institutions to create a safe environment for Jewish students and faculty. The summit also featured speakers such as Van Jones, Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, and NBA all-star Alonzo Mourning, who reiterated their commitment to standing with the Jewish community. Mayor Stephen K. Benjamin stated that mayors have the authority to put structures in place to combat Antisemitism. Families directly impacted by the October 7 Hamas attacks also shared their stories at the summit. The summit was chaired by Dean Trantalis, Mayor of Fort Lauderdale, who emphasized the importance of coming together to stand against prejudice and reaffirm commitment to democracy, tolerance, and inclusion. Notable participants included Mayors of Cleveland, Ohio; Providence, Rhode Island; Richmond, Virginia, and Miami, Florida, among others. Sacha Roytman-Dratwa, CEO of CAM, commended the mayors for joining in the commitment to fight Antisemitism at the local level.