Rabbis plan response to white supremacist threats in Montana

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Source: Associated Press

By MATT VOLZ
Today

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Orthodox Jewish rabbis said Wednesday they will counter white supremacists’ harassment of the Jewish community in the Montana town of Whitefish by sending students to visit the Auschwitz concentration camp and by mailing a Torah to every Jewish family in the state.

The delegation of rabbis from Canada and across the U.S. presented Montana Gov. Steve Bullock with a copy of the holy text and thanked him for defending the state’s Jewish residents.

“We hope to inspire you to be a source of strength in the future for the Jewish community and that these horrible threats and terrible words of bullying and intimidation never come to a reality,” said Shmuel Herzfeld, rabbi of the prominent Ohev Sholom congregation in Washington, D.C.

Whitefish became a focal point for white supremacist anger late last year after the mother of white nationalist leader Richard Spencer said a local real estate agent pressured her to sell her property in town.

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