Sponsor of Michael Oren Event Comments on Irvine 11 Verdict

Sep 23, 2011, 15:23 ET from Jewish Federation & Family Services

IRVINE, Calif., Sept. 23, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- As the community sponsor of the 2010 Ambassador Michael Oren event at UC Irvine, the Rose Project of Jewish Federation & Family Services, Orange County (JFFS) recognizes efforts by the Orange County District Attorney's office and the jury to protect the principles of free speech in America.

JFFS President and CEO Shalom C. Elcott stated, "The verdict reaffirms that the Muslim Student Union's planned and systematic use of disruptions to trample on the free speech of others crossed the moral, social and intellectual line of civility and tolerance. While we accept the right and requirement of a public institution to provide an unfettered forum for diverse points of view, we do not, nor will we ever, support 'hate speech.'

"We will continue to advocate for constructive dialogue in place of the hateful rhetoric that's been used under the guise of free speech. It is counter-productive to any and all efforts to ensure the free exchange of ideas.

"We encourage all parties to join us in fostering a better campus climate and civil discourse for our students at UCI.  The Rose Project of Jewish Federation & Family Services will continue to work with all those in our reach to make our community a more welcoming and thriving Jewish experience."

About The Rose Project and Jewish Federation & Family Services, Orange County:
Jewish Federation & Family Services is the bridge that connects our Jewish communal infrastructure with the evolving needs of our community members.  The Rose Project of Jewish Federation & Family Services is focused on improving Jewish student life on Orange County college campuses; supporting the development of well-informed and self-sufficient Jewish leaders; and engaging the broader Orange County Jewish community on important issues. JFFS grants and programs ensure lifesaving humanitarian services; care and connection for seniors; educational opportunities for youth; leadership on our campuses; and a strong relationship with Israel and global Jewry.  To learn more, visit us at www.jewishorangecounty.org or call 949-435-3484.

To schedule an interview, please contact Jewish Federation & Family Services President and CEO Shalom C. Elcott at (917) 952-1351 or shalom@jffs.org, or Ben Singer at (562) 810-3463.

Contact: Shalom Elcott
Tel: (949) 435-3484
Cell: (917) 952-1351
Email: shalom@jffs.org

SOURCE Jewish Federation & Family Services