As Jews, this is a moment to stand up and speak out. We will not stand idly by. 

 

Where there is hate for others, there is hate for us. Moments of scarcity drive feelings of vulnerability. As uncomfortable as it might be to display our Jewishness outwardly, it is an authentic step towards reconciliation with ourselves and society. We believe Jewish security depends on a just society for all people. We must have the courage to stand up and speak out when we witness injustice because our interdependence is not a choice.

 

Just as our liberation is entwined with all humanity, especially marginalized groups nationally and throughout the world, we must also recognize our own unique power to actualize change.

 

Art has the power to provoke dialogue and conversation. Symbols and imagery evoke and inspire emotional connections in a way that words fall short. 

 

This artwork is meant to inspire reflection and conversation as we look to our values for lessons in resilience and tenacity. 

Thank you for ordering your Do not Stand Idly By Art Display. They can be picked up at the following locations during these times without prior notice:

Temple Sholom
M - F | 9 am – 3 pm | 10828 Kenwood Rd, Blue Ash, OH 45242

Ombre Gallery
W - Sat | 11 am – 6 pm |  1429 Vine St, Cincinnati, OH 45202

Share with Us Your Sign Stories

Whether in your yard, on your car, or in your window, share a picture of you and your art display or send us a video telling us how this initiative has impacted you.


The Hebrew text “Lo ta'amod al dam re'echa” comes from Leviticus, and means “Do not stand idly by the blood of your neighbor.” The “eye” graphic represents our desire to hold to an ideal vision for the future: repairing our world – tikkun olam – and pursuing justice. The eye stands for “keeping an eye” on that which is important; pursuing the necessary work of justice we have been instructed to do – tzedeck, tzedeck tirdof. The eyes are the windows to the soul. When we lead our lives with our souls as the priority, loving thy neighbor will come naturally. 
 
We will rise up and surge forward together, leaving no tribe behind, ensuring our tables are always set with a welcome seat for the stranger in our midst. 
 
 

Do not stand idly by___________ . Our Jewishness compels us to come out and come forward.

This initiative is presented by the Jewish Community Relations Council, part of the Jewish Federation of Cincinnati, in partnership with ish and The Nancy & David Wolf Holocaust & Humanity Center. Special thanks to Rabbi Miriam Terlinchamp, Rabbi David Burstein, and Joey Taylor. Artwork is by Cindy Loon.