Congressman Josh Gottheimer and community leaders sounded an alarm about an increase in anti-Semitism at home and around the world.
Numbers from the Anti-Defamation League show there were 200 anti-Semitic incidents reported in New Jersey in 2018, the third highest in the country. It says those include reports of assault, harassment and vandalism.
The Jewish Federation hired a community security director after the deadly shooting last year at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh that killed 11 people.
The ADL also expressed concern about the rise of anti-Semitic incidents in K-12 schools. U.S. special envoy for monitoring and combating anti-Semitism Elan Carr says the United States will continue to support friends and allies in efforts to combat anti-Semitism.