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Take Action to Combat Antisemitism

1. Educate

Educate yourself about antisemitism, particularly the “new antisemitism.”

Start here:

What is Antisemitism?
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
Three-minute video giving historical context and examples of antisemitism, as well as touching on modern day occurrences.

Antisemitism Today
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
Seven-minute video explaining the what and why behind antisemitism and how violent acts and hatred are on the rise.

Understanding Modern Day Antisemitism
Shine a Light
“Antisemitism is a sign of an intolerant society. By ignoring it, we grant society a broader license to hate.” This six-page resource answers questions in FAQ style to help us better understand antisemitism in today’s current climate.

2. Empower others

Encourage local schools, bookstores, and libraries to curate and promote reading lists on antisemitism.

Here are some titles to recommended:

  • We Need to Talk about Antisemitism by Rabbi Diana Fersko
  • Israel: A Simple Guide to The Most Misunderstood Country on Earth by Noa Tishby
  • The Holocaust, A New History by Laurence Rees
  • What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank. Because I’ve asked myself the same question by Nathan Englander
  • People Love Dead Jews: Reports from a Haunted Present by Dora Horn
  • Night by Elie Weisel
  • The Nightingale: A Novel by Kristin Hannah
  • The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
  • The Choice by Dr. Edith Eger
  • Survival in Auschwitz by Primo Levi
  • Hana’s Suitcase: A True Story by Karen Levine
  • The Diary of Anne Frank by Anne Frank
  • Friedrich by Hans Peter Richter
  • Number the Stars by Lois Lowry
  • Letters to My Palestinian Neighbor by Yossi Klein HaLevi
  • The Genius of Israel by Dan Senor and Saul Singer
  • The Start-Up Nation by Dan Senor
  • Exodus by Leon Uris

3. Advocate for Change

Contact State Senate President Today and Every Day 

We are disappointed by the decision announced yesterday by New Jersey state senate leadership to remove two bills from the Senate Government Committee agenda which address the disturbing rise of antisemitism in our state. Hundreds of Jewish community members who support these bills, including college and high school students and faculty, rabbis, and Jewish communal professionals were planning to rally in Trenton this Thursday, May 16. And many were scheduled to testify. 

Senate leadership claims there were “security concerns” which led them to pull the two bills from the agenda. In doing so, however, they are preventing elected leaders from hearing constituents’ concerns, evaluating the testimony on its merits, and deciding whether to forward two critical bills designed to combat antisemitism to the floor of the senate for a vote.  

We’ve been advised that there’s a chance this hearing will be rescheduled next month. We also appreciate that Senator James Beach, chair of the Senate Government Committee, is refusing to hold a committee meeting on May 16 unless these bills are posted. 

At a time when the U.S. Congress and 36 states across the country have adopted the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) definition of antisemitism, the State of New Jersey, which has the fourth largest Jewish population in the country and the third highest number of incidents of antisemitism, must do more to protect its Jewish population. 

We urge you to send emails through this link to Senate President Nick Scutari every day, asking that he put these bills back on the Senate Government Committee agenda.