AJC Westchester/Fairfield Annual Meeting

Westchester County District Attorney Mimi Rocah Discusses Combating Racism, Antisemitism, and Hate Crimes with Government Outreach Co-Chair Barry Lovell

AJC Westchester/Fairfield’s Annual Meeting brought over 150 leaders together in person and via livestream to celebrate their extraordinary 2021-2022 programming year and all that they have achieved together regionally, nationally, and globally through impactful advocacy and meaningful partnerships. 

From city halls to Capitol Hill, at the UN and in world capitals, AJC works to impact policy and opinion on some of the most important issues facing the Jewish people. With bold ideas and an unparalleled track record, AJC fights antisemitism and all forms of hate, strengthens Israel’s place in the world, and defends democratic values, and these priorities were the focus of their annual meeting.

Westchester District Attorney Mimi Rocah provided an insightful and powerful overview on racism, antisemitism, and hate crimes in Westchester County and how the office of the District Attorney is working to stem bigotry and violence.

 A key priority for District Attorney Rocah is dealing with hate crimes, both prevention via education at early stages and prosecuting of hate crimes. The DA’s office works closely with the 45 Westchester police departments on all aspects of fighting hatred, racism, and antisemitism, which includes prioritizing the reporting of hate crimes. In a moving account, District Attorney Rocah shared her personal experiences facing antisemitism both as a child of Holocaust survivor and growing up attending a Jewish day school in Chicago that often-received threats, and the knowledge from a young age that the Jewish community was a frequent target of hatred. District Attorney Rocah shared the profound impact that these experiences had on shaping her impressive career and commitment to fighting hatred, racism, and antisemitism.  Barry Lovell, Government Outreach Co-Chair, moderated the compelling discussion with District Attorney Rocah.

AJC is building a safer, more secure future for the Jewish people, Israel, and all humanity. On the global front, they were honored to feature an exclusive, first-hand look with global experts on the impact of President Biden’s trip to Israel, the Palestinian Authority, and Saudi Arabia that concluded just days before they gathered together in June.

AJC Jerusalem Director Lt. Col. (res.) Avital Leibovich and AJC Abu Dhabi Director Ambassador Marc Sievers joined Diplomatic Outreach Co-Chair Evelyne Klein in a conversation of the impact and impressions on the ground in Israel, the PA, and the Gulf from President Biden’s visit.  

AJC Chief Policy and Political Affairs Officer, Jason Isaacson provided an extraordinary, tour-de-force look at the intended goals and impact of President Biden’s Middle East visit, both in the region and globally, including strengthening important Muslim-Jewish relationships, possible moves towards expansion of the Abraham Accords, and preventing the threat of a nuclear Iran. President Biden’s visit in Israel was extremely warm and friendly, reflecting a decades-long friendship with Israel.