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The Fight Against Antisemitism

October 27, 2022 | Messages From Leadership


The following message was sent to the congregation on October 27, 2022.

Dear Central Family,

Yesterday, I joined anchors Gayle King, Tony Dokoupil, and Nate Burleson on CBS Mornings for a conversation about the rise in antisemitism across the country (watch here). With the current news cycle and the uptick in antisemitic incidents locally and globally, I know this issue is weighing heavily on our community.

Many of you have told us your children are asking about antisemitism, or you have reached out with your own questions for addressing this painful and deeply entrenched hate in our society. Below, we have curated resources about antisemitism for people of all ages. While these conversations are never easy – and we wish they were not necessary – we hope you find comfort and strength in knowing your Central Clergy, educators, and staff are here for you and your family. Please don’t hesitate to reach out.

Resources:

KIDS

“How to Talk to Your Kids About Antisemitism” – Kveller.com
“How to Talk to Children About Antisemitism” - PJ Library (for young children)
“How We Empower Religious School Students in the Face of Antisemitism” – Rabbi Rebecca Rosenthal, Reformjudaism.org

TEENS & YOUNG ADULTS

“Jewish Teens Guide to Confronting Antisemitism” – Jewish Boston / Jewish Teen Initiative
“Tools for Dealing with Antisemitic and Anti-Israel Incidents on Campus” – The Anti-Defamation League (ADL)

ADULTS

“What Kanye Can Teach Us About Anti-Semitism” – Yair Rosenberg, The Atlantic
“Fight Antisemitism” – ADL

As I shared in my Rosh HaShanah sermon this year, one of the most meaningful ways we can fight antisemitism is to live as proud, knowledgeable, and committed Jews. In a world that far too often aims to frighten and silence us, I encourage you to embrace your Jewish identity, culture, and values.

I could not be prouder of our dynamic, compassionate, and thriving Jewish community at Central Synagogue.

Sincerely,

Rabbi Angela Buchdahl

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