MINEOLA, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — The family of Josef Neumann, the 72-year-old victim of the heinous synagogue attack in Monsey, N.Y. on Dec. 28, said they have been grateful to see rallies against antisemitism, like the one held on Long Island on Sunday.
In all, 125 interfaith leaders were joined by county, state, and federal officials for the march in Mineola.READ MORE: New York Weather: CBS2's 11/30 Tuesday Morning Forecast
Last month, Nassau and Suffolk county organizations announced a coalition to combat acts of hate on Long Island. Sunday’s march was one of the task force’s earliest initiatives.READ MORE: NYC 'Strongly Recommends' Masks In Public Indoor Spaces, As Omicron Variant Reaches North America
“We are blessed to live in a country with freedom of religion, but it is up to us to protect it every single day and that’s what we’re doing here today,” Nassau County Executive Laura Curran said.
More 2,500 people were estimated to have attended Sunday’s march.MORE NEWS: New Jersey Officials Monitoring Omicron Variant, But Say Delta Is Still A Concern As Travel Picks Up
The anti-hate task force was established after swastikas were found spray-painted at the Holocaust Memorial and Tolerance Center of Nassau County.