Regarding Ms. Samantha Strelzer’s Op-ed; I Have Been Attacked and Defamed for Visiting Israel:
The congregants of Temple Emanu-El in Sandy Springs want you to know we have read your well-researched and well-written op-ed article in the Atlanta Jewish Times and stand by you during this stressful and difficult time. We certainly understand your frustration with your fellow board member who out of ignorance and prejudice has attacked both you and the State of Israel.
It is frightening that you and Emory students are not alone in this situation as many others are experiencing anti-Semitism on their campuses as well. Anti-Israel attacks have become all too frequent on campuses nationwide and must be called out for what they are.
We applaud your response and your strength as you take a stand for yourself, for Israel, and for the Jewish people. We hope your article will have a positive outcome and generate support from your colleagues as well as from the university. Your taking a stand publicly encourages all of us to stand with you.
The Outreach and Support Committee of Temple Emanu-El, Atlanta