Educating Ourselves to Fight Antisemitism

America is facing a rising tide of antisemitism – and Jewish Federation of Greater Hartford and its partners are working tirelessly to stand strong in the fight against hate. To this end, Federation’s Jewish Community Relations Council – along with ADL Connecticut and the Simon Wiesenthal Center – were proud to present a December 8 webinar on U.S. antisemitism with two of the nation’s foremost authorities on the subject. 

Moderated by psychologist and author Dr. Dale Atkins and attended by 220 community members, “Antisemitism in America: How Bad Is It?” shared frontline perspectives on the current climate from two leaders who have fought antisemitism on the international, national, and local levels for over 30 years: Mark Weitzman, director of government affairs at the Simon Wiesenthal Center, and Kenneth Jacobson, deputy national director of ADL. Weitzman, Jacobson, and Atkins discussed the current dangers facing American Jews, the roots of antisemitism, and how to take action.

“It is important to have a better understanding of why and how antisemitism is permeating our country,” said JCRC of Greater Hartford Director Alana Butler. “Through educational programs and advocacy, we will raise awareness, enhance our understanding, and arm ourselves with the tools needed to combat it.”

The free program was co-sponsored by the Federation for Jewish Philanthropy of Upper Fairfield County, Jewish Federation Association of Connecticut, Jewish Federation of Eastern Connecticut, Jewish Federation of Greater New Haven, Jewish Federation of Western Connecticut, UJA-JCC Greenwich, and United Jewish Federation. Click here to view the video.

To learn more about the JCRC of Greater Hartford, click here or email Alana Butler

Photo caption: Mark Weitzman, director of government affairs at the Simon Wiesenthal Center, discusses the history of antisemitism in America.