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Powerful Workshop Highlighting Intersections of Hatreds Curbs Antisemitism One Group at a Time
The Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) of Cincinnati, in partnership with The Nancy & David Wolf Holocaust & Humanity Center (HHC), provides specialized trainings on antisemitism for any Jewish or civic group, school, organization, or company. JCRC and HHC professionals will facilitate important, relevant lessons about antisemitism today and how you and your network can take action against it.
We continue to witness a rising tide of hate and polarization in America and beyond. Recently released data highlights hate crimes at a 16-year high, according to the FBI. The most recent study on antisemitism by the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) indicates that the number of incidents in 2020 were the highest since they began reporting in 1979. Sadly, Ohio is not immune to this current trend. Ohio ranks second in the nation as home to the most extremist and anti-government groups and has made headlines with multiple instances of antisemitism occurring across the state prior to and since COVID-19 began.
Antisemitism on both sides of the ideological spectrum, exhibited in new and sometimes deadly ways, demands that communities find ways to combat it. One of the best approaches is to build allies and a common understanding that hate against one group of people impacts us all. However, this is often a challenge when discussing antisemitism, a particular form of hate that is often misunderstood and grounded in age-old conspiracy theories and misguided stereotypes. Since the Hate at Home workshops launched in early 2021, we’ve helped educate school administrators and teachers, high school and college students, church and civic groups as well as other Jewish organizations. Here’s what some of our participants had to say about the workshop:
A local pastor said, “the Hate at Home workshop helped me to understand the historical intersection of antisemitism and racism. As we try to address and dismantle hate, it helps to understand the breadth of the issue. All religions that seek the goal of the common good must work together to be most effective in becoming a beloved community.”
A participant shared, “Something that challenged my thinking was how antisemitism is actually wrapped into white nationalist and other extremist group ideology. It was helpful to learn how to identify the ways that the left and right express antisemitic views.”
A high school teacher said the workshop “affirmed the need to make sure every student feels seen, valued, and respected in the classroom and how important it is to diversify examples in class to represent all students.”
Our Hate at Home workshop is just one example of a new way of thinking about fighting hate together, in all its forms, by explaining and addressing the intersections of bigoted ideologies. This work begins with a more comprehensive understanding of antisemitism, the role it plays in driving extremist attitudes and racist ideologies, and what can be done about it. If you’re interested in hosting us for a workshop, please reach out here.
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