Resources to Address and Challenge Antisemitism

  • For Educators
    For Parents, Families, and Caregivers
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The topic of antisemitism is complex, deeply historical and has a myriad of elements to it. Antisemitism is not only about defaming and attacking the Jewish community; it is a symptom of a larger issue. While antisemitism has sometimes escalated to violence as we saw at the Tree of Life Synagogue shooting, it more often appears in subtler ways, such as insensitive remarks or “jokes” that are brushed off, or negative stereotypes that go unchallenged.

Today, Jewish young people are regularly experiencing antisemitic comments, taunts, harassment, hate speech and graffiti in the halls and classrooms of their schools, in their neighborhoods and communities, and in their digital spaces. We can address this by teaching young people the values of mutual respect and equity and how to act as an ally when they see bias of any kind.

Below are education resources you can use in your classroom and home to help young people understand and challenge antisemitism.

Lesson Plans on Antisemitism

Holocaust Education

Holocaust education programs provide education and resources to help educators and students study the history of the Holocaust.

Parent and Family Resources for Discussing Antisemitism with Young People

Hate Symbols

We see symbols every day in all aspects of our lives. Lately, a proliferation of hate symbols is increasing concern. Use this discussion guide to engage youth in conversations about swastikas and other hate symbols. (Ages 13 and up)  

Teaching Tools and Strategies

Discussing Anti-Semitism: A Guide for Reflection and Conversation

In 2019, ADL recorded 2,107 antisemitic incidents across the U.S., the highest number in the forty years that ADL has tracked such incidents. The record number of incidents came as the Jewish community grappled with vicious antisemitic attacks against communities in Poway, Jersey City and Monsey, and a spree of violent assaults in Brooklyn.. 
Extremism, Terrorism & Bigotry

Reports and Backgrounders on Antisemitism

Antisemitism Uncovered: A Guide to Old Myths in a New Era

This guide is a comprehensive resource with historical context, fact-based descriptions of prevalent antisemitic myths, contemporary examples and calls-to-action for addressing this hate.

A Brief History of Antisemitism

This backgrounder provides information on the worldwide persistence and contemporary manifestations of antisemitism in society today.

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