The Anti-Defamation League, the Southern Poverty Law Center and the Secure Community Network, the official safety and security organization of the North American Jewish community, advised residents on what to do.
As a result, Ms Gersh did not speak publicly about her ordeal at the time. Rabbi Roston kept a low profile and discouraged coverage in the Jewish news media to protect the congregation and prevent attackers from getting the attention they craved. Instead of canceling its December 2016 Hanukkah celebration, the congregation moved it from the rabbi’s home to the conference room of a motel, with two armed guards at the door. On each table, the rabbi placed a stack of supporting letters that had arrived from all over the country.
Volunteers handed out thousands of paper menorahs. “There were menorahs in every window in Whitefish,” said Mrs. Gersh. An anti-hate rally drew 600 participants in zero-degree weather. On the eve of the neo-Nazi march, Rabbi Roston organized a gathering of chicken and matzo ball soup for 350 people at the Whitefish high school as a demonstration of unity and appreciation.
On Martin Luther King’s birthday – Monday, January 16 – not a single neo-Nazi showed up to march. “We could say they were languishing,” Rabbi Roston joked.
In April, Mrs. Gersh, represented by the Southern Poverty Law Center, is filing charges against Mr. Anglin for invasion of privacy, willful infliction of emotional distress, and violations of Montana’s Anti-Intimidation Act. In 2019, she won $14 million in damages. A team of lawyers is still searching for Mr. Anglin and his belongings.
The trial in the Charlottesville, Sines v. Kessler case, begins October 25. A group of victims and counter-protesters have filed charges against both Mr Anglin and Mr Spencer, along with nearly two dozen people and groups involved in the “Unite the Right” rally, after a neo-Nazi killed his car during the Charlottesville march. ran into a crowd of counter-protesters, killing Heather Heyer, 32, and injuring at least 19 others.