Changing Faces and Spaces of Antisemitism in the 21st Century
- Date: Thursday, February 3, 2022
- Time: 7:00pm–9:00pm
Teacher: Zachary Benjamin, CEO Jewish Long Beach
The ability to persevere against existential threats is a characteristic that has defined the Jewish people for millennia. However, the face of contemporary antisemitism is rapidly evolving. The garish, cartoonish, and obvious expressions of traditional antisemitism are giving way to the subtle, subversive, persuasive, and deeply dangerous tactics of a new brand of anti-Jewish hate. Online spaces, college campuses, and other environments are teeming with increasingly well-organized and well-funded anti-Semitic movements, cloaked in the rhetoric of politics, populism, and human rights, that are compelling young Jewish people to abandon both their Zionist principles and their Jewish identities as a perceived condition of joining other meaningful social efforts. Learn about contemporary sources of anti-Semitic intimidation, where it thrives, its goals, how to identify it, and how we as engaged Jewish community members must equip ourselves and our children with the necessary tools to both stand up to and educate others against new strains of this age-old scourge.