On Sunday, January 29th, community leaders, law enforcement officers, and civil rights activists of all backgrounds and faiths came together to combat hate and bigotry at Temple Bat Yahm in Newport Beach. It was an incredible display of unity and empowerment from over 250 local citizens of Orange County. Attendees were able to utilize this town hall meeting to express their concerns with the recent rise of Anti Semitism, Islamophobia, and racism. The event was jointly sponsored by OTI, the ADL, the Rose PRoject of the OC Jewish Federation, and the American Muslim Women's Empowerment Council.
Susan Seely, Associate Director of the Olive Tree Initiative spoke to a journalist from the Daily Pilot stating that, “We held the town hall interfaith meeting to provide a forum for local community members to come together to learn more about what resources are available to them in the event of bigoted acts or incidents of violence