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Quigley Visits Chicago Synagogue to Discuss Religious Discrimination, Highlight Importance of Unity in Diversity

Apr 8, 2017
Press Release

CHICAGO — Today, U.S. Representative Mike Quigley (IL-05) visited with faith leaders and congregation members at Anshe Emet Synagogue in Chicago to highlight the importance of unity in the face of our diversity, following an increase in religious discrimination and hate crimes across the country.

“Our nation is strongest when we come together to understand, support, and celebrate one another’s differences,” said Rep. Quigley. “Today’s discussion is critical in ongoing efforts to gain insight into the struggles different groups of faith face every day, as we work to protect our founding values of equality and freedom and address the prejudices that inspire hateful actions. Sessions of open dialogue like this show our commitment to fostering unity and ensuring every Chicagoan and American feels safe to worship how they so choose.”

“All Americans—of all walks of faith—grow from a common source.  History has taught us that we have far more to gain when we learn to respect one another, acknowledging where we differ and where we stand together,” said Anshe Emet Synagogue Rabbi Michael Siegel. “There is no question that God’s presence is truly felt when we have the wisdom to celebrate our unity amidst our diversity, and I thank Rep. Quigley for his efforts to raise awareness of the dangers of religious discrimination and address it wherever it exists.”

During the tour, Rep. Quigley spoke with members of the congregation about the rise in hate speech and violence across the nation, as well as its direct impact on communities in Chicago. In February, Rep. Quigley visited Chicago Loop Synagogue for an interfaith gathering following incidents of anti-Semitic vandalism.

Anshe Emet Synagogue is one of the oldest Conservative congregations in Chicago. Founded in 1873, the congregation was originally located on Sedgwick Street. They have been at the present site since 1929 and have a long history of being a center for Torah study, cultural activity, and Israel and social justice advocacy.