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U.S. Attorneys Thompson and Ihlenfeld to Join with FBI and American Jewish Committee Leaders for Antisemitism Training

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Southern District of West Virginia
Pittsburgh Tree of Life Rabbi Jeffrey Myers to Address Joint Forums

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – United States Attorneys Will Thompson and William Ihlenfeld will join with leaders from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Pittsburgh Division and the American Jewish Committee (AJC) on Monday, November 6, 2023, for training in response to rising antisemitism.

The training will by presented by AJC officials and include a message from Rabbi Jeffrey Myers of Pittsburgh’s Tree of Life Congregation about perseverance and strength following the 2018 antisemitic terrorist attack at the Pittsburgh synagogue.

U.S. Attorneys Thompson and Ihlenfeld will participate at synagogues in their respective districts that are jointly hosting this training, which is also being offered virtually.

The culture and rich diversity of the Jewish community will be discussed along with examples of antisemitism that stem from ancient and medieval antisemitic falsehoods. The training aims to enhance the understanding of the problem, identify effective responses to hate incidents, and empower people to speak out.

The joint sessions are part of the United Against Hate (UAH) Community Outreach Program, a nationwide initiative to combat unlawful acts of hate and improve hate crime reporting.

*** While media is invited to cover this joint event, participation is limited to law enforcement partners and other pre-registered stakeholders. ***

WHO: United States Attorney Will Thompson, Southern District of West Virginia

            United States Attorney William Ihlenfeld, Northern District of West Virginia

            Acting Assistant Special Agent in Charge Tim Swanson, FBI Pittsburgh Division

            Senior Director of Policy and Political Affairs Julie Rayman, AJC

            Rabbi Jeffrey Myers, Tree of Life Congregation, Pittsburgh, Pa.


WHAT: United Against Hate: Addressing Rising Antisemitism

WHEN: Monday, November 6, 2023, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

WHERE:  Congregation B'nai Jacob, 1599 Virginia Street East, Charleston, W.Va.

                   Temple Shalom, 23 Bethany Pike Highway, Wheeling, W.Va.


A copy of this press release is located on the website of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of West Virginia.






Updated November 3, 2023

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