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Our congregation has created this Fighting Antisemitism page in order to serve our community  as a resource to discuss what we are doing to tackle this problem. We are addressing this issue in the following three ways:

  1. Raising Awareness
  2. Education
  3. Taking Action

Upcoming Events

  • CAMERA: Combating Antisemitism Summit
    Monday, June 10, 8:00 PM (VIRTUAL EVENT)
    Jewish and Israeli-American residents in Massachusetts have been subject to antisemitic harassment, sometimes escalating to physical violence, including in our K-12 public schools. CAMERA Education Institute Senior Analyst Jany Finkielsztein will be addressing this urgent matter at the Combating Antisemitism Summit, hosted by the Israeli-American Civic Action Network. Please join us for this vital online community hearing, featuring students, parents, and educators from various Jewish communities, including Israelis, Persian Jews, and Russian Jews, who will share their experiences with antisemitism in public schools. To register, please CLICK HERE.

  • Everything Old is New Again: 10/7 Denial, Rising Antisemitism, and the Deepening Trauma of American Jews
    Monday, June 24, 12:00–1:30 PM on Zoom
    Join Montgomery College for this expert presentation and panel. We will be discussing  Sheryl Sanberg’s Screams Before Silence documentary. 

    CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR ZOOM EVENT: 
    https://montgomerycollege.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJcld-GgpzksGdzKxQGYsUc_pC_ti9V70hOR#/registration

    CLICK HERE TO VIEW DOCUMENTARY - SCREAMS BEFORE SILENCE:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zAr9oGSXgak

 

What B’nai Israel is Saying (Raising Awareness)

 

What B’nai Israel is Doing (EducatION) 

  • ADL’s Kulanu program: Our congregation is participating in “Kulanu”, hebrew for “All of Us,” a program dedicated to empowering congregations to address antisemitism and hate in their communities through education, community engagement, and advocacy. Nine local synagogues joined this program in 2022. Learn more about Kulanu in the Washington Jewish Week

    Interested in joining B'nai Israel's efforts with the ADL's Kulanu program? Let us know!

 

What You Can Do (TAKING ACTION) 
  • Sign the JCRC Petition: Support MCPS' Efforts to Combat Antisemitism


    Over the past few years, children and families in Montgomery County have experienced an unprecedented surge of antisemitic incidents — and today MCPS is facing growing public pressure to reinstate MCPS educators who have been placed on administrative leave for sharing antisemitic images and messages.

    Please join the Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Washington by signing a petition to thank MCPS for its swift intervention to temporarily remove these teachers from classrooms; support MCPS' ongoing efforts to thoroughly investigate each situation prior to making any decisions on reinstatement; and urge all MCPS educators to ensure students of all backgrounds and faiths are treated with dignity, fairness, tolerance, and respect. 

    Click here to learn more and sign the petition.

  • Monitor and respond to antisemitic events:
     
    • Have you experienced bias, hate, or a discriminatory incident? Please report it to the ADL. You can do so by clicking here
    • Reports of bias, hate and discriminatory incidents at Montgomery Country Public Schools can be submitted to the JCRC.
  • Connect with our clergy if any students, both local or away at college, need support or would like a B'nai Israel representative to attend at JSU or club meeting. Please be in touch with us. 
  • Speak up against antisemitism:
     
  • Attend events: COMING SOON

Resources

White House Report–The U.S. National Strategy to Counter Antisemitism 
We are not in this on our own. In May 2023, the White House released a National Strategy to Counter Antisemitism. 
Click here to read the official report. 

Additional Reading

  • Jonathan Greenblatt, CEO of ADL:  It Could Happen Here: Why America is Tipping from Hate to the Unthinkable and How We Can Stop It
    Purchase the Book
  • Deborah Lipstadt, United States Special Envoy for Monitoring and Combating Anti-Semitism: Antisemitism: Here and Now
    Purchase the Book

Teens

  • Samantha A. Vinokor-Meinrath: #antisemitism Coming of Age during the Resurgence of Hate
    Purchase the Book

Children

If you have suggested resources and events for this page, please email them to info@bnaiisraelcong.org

 

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