As acts of antisemitic violence have become more visible in the news in recent years in the United States, many non-Jewish people have begun to apprehend the extent of violence that continues to befall members of this community. Amid this awareness, we often hear less about the way that non-physical forms of violence—including words, symbols, and narratives that advance antisemitic hate—are equally insidious and have a particularly corrosive impact on young Jewish people’s experiences, self-concepts, and sense of possibility.
On Tuesday, July 13th, Facing History Program Associate David Rhodes will host a live webinar with Arthur Ullian, author of Matthew, Mark, Luke, John...and Me: Growing Up Jewish in a Christian World, in which Rhodes and Ullian will explore some key reflections from this pathbreaking book, and connect them to specific strategies that educators can use to honor the dignity of all students.
The event will address:
- The historical roots of anti-Judaism in Christianity and why educators must be informed
- Potent classroom resources that illustrate the history of anti-Judaism
- How antisemitic rhetoric may show up in curricular content in schools, and how to promote inclusive and just instruction with more appropriate resources
- How young Jewish people may experience antisemitism, and how it may shape their personal development and sense of agency
- How educators can help to confront antisemitism in their schools and communities through curriculum, pedagogy, and by creating inclusive environments
Register for the event here and, in the meantime, what reflections would you like to share on how this issue surfaces in your school or community? Share your thoughts with us in the comments.
Pictured above: A portion of Matthew, Mark, Luke, John...and Me: Growing Up Jewish in a Christian World (Bauhan Publishing, 2020).