Fighting Antisemitism

It’s easy to talk about fighting antisemitism, but how are we tackling the problem as a Congregation? We are taking a three-pronged approach:

  1. Build Awareness
  2. Educate
  3. Act

Some of this we’re doing from an institutional level, while other opportunities are available for individual congregants. We have collected a number of resources for both adults and children to help you navigate this issue.


UPDATE: On Monday, December 5, from 7:00 – 9:00 pm at Temple, the entire community is invited to join the 12 Jewish Questions class for a special dinner and discussion of Why is Antisemitism on the Rise?
RSVP Required

What WHC Is Saying (Build Awareness)

Our clergy are speaking out publicly against antisemitism, and are encouraging Jews and allies to call it out when they see it.

Build Awareness | Educate | Act | Resources

What WHC Is Doing (Educate)

In the Spring of 2022, WHC was part of a pilot program, Act Against Antisemitism, jointly coordinated by ADL/URJ Act Against Antisemitism. We offered a four-week Deep Dive course as our first effort at building up the tools needed to act.

Since then, the program, now called Kulanu, has expanded to over 100 synagogues nationwide, including a number from the DMV. 9 local synagogues join antisemitism network [Washington Jewish Week]

We continue to offer educational opportunities to the community around this issue, including the below class led by Rabbi Fischel.

Build Awareness | Educate | Act | Resources

What You Can Do (Act)

You can get involved personally by following some of the goals the ADL sets out:

Examples in Action

Build Awareness | Educate | Act | Resources

TALKING ABOUT AND RESPONDING TO ANTISEMITISM (Resources)

Resources for Teens and Adults

For Schools and Teachers: Curriculum and Resources

  • Institute for Curriculum Services: provides curricula and professional development to social studies educators with the goal of strengthening the quality of K-12 education on Jewish subjects for all.
  • Facing History and Ourselves: Engages students of diverse backgrounds in an examination of racism, prejudice, and antisemitism in order to promote the development of a more humane and informed citizenry.
  • Teaching Tolerance: In response to the recent events in Charlottesville, Facing History and Ourselves, Teaching Tolerance, the Anti-Defamation League, the American Federation of Teachers, and EduColor teamed up to support educators.
  • ADL: Resources for Educators, Parents & Families on cyber-bullying, No Place for Hate, A Classroom of Difference. Literature, Lessons Plans and Other Resources

BOOKS, PROJECTS, AND PROGRAMS

  • Nine Questions People Ask About Judaism
  • How to Fight Antisemitism
  • No Place for Hate: The goal of No Place for Hate is to inspire a national movement led by students and educators who are committed to using the power of positive peer influence to build inclusive and safe schools in which all students can thrive.
  • Not in Our Schools: Not In Our School is a program that creates safe, accepting and inclusive school communities. Not In Our School provides training, films, lesson plans and resources that inspire students to take the lead in standing up to bullying and intolerance in their schools.
  • The Bully Project: The BULLY Project is the social action campaign inspired by the award-winning film BULLY. It has sparked a national movement to stop bullying that is transforming kids’ lives and changing a culture of bullying into one of empathy and action.
  • Candid Conversations on Race