Workshop: Antisemitism Curriculum from a Framework of Collective Liberation

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(Hosted by UUs for Justice in The Middle East)

The Curriculum on Antisemitism from a Framework of Collective Liberation is devoted to understanding and challenging antisemitism grounded in a deep commitment to justice and dignity for all people. Some topics of the curriculum include:

Jewish Histories and Geographies

Understanding Antisemitism

Antisemitism from a Framework of Collective Liberation

Perspectives on Histories of Antisemitism

Intersecting Histories and Antisemitism

Antisemitism Today: White Nationalism, Tropes, Conspiracy Theories, & more

What Antisemitism is, and What It is Not; Use/Misuse of Data

Challenges, Possibilities, and Strategies: Working Together for Collective Liberation

The presenters are Nina Mehta, an educator and ethnographer, and Donna Nevel, a community psychologist and educator, co-directors of PARCEO, a resource and education center that works with community organizations, universities and schools, and a range of institutions seeking to deepen their educational, organizing, research, and cultural work for justice. 

The curriculum opens with some basic understandings of what antisemitism is and begins to consider what challenging antisemitism can look like from a framework of collective liberation. What follows is discussion of the racially, ethnically, economically, and culturally diverse Jewish communities that have lived throughout the world for centuries as well as global, historical examples of Jewish experience and antisemitism.

From there, interwoven with broader social, political and economic context and realities, the focus is on antisemitism currently. We then look at how antisemitism manifests today (e.g., acts of violence, impact of rise in white nationalism, stereotypes/tropes, philosemitism, and more) and the connections and intersections with other forms of racism and injustice. In order to understand what antisemitism is, it is also important to know what it is not, and here the discussion addresses the ways antisemitism has been misused to serve an anti-liberatory agenda.

This discussion digs deeper into who has the “right” to speak about antisemitism and raises the issues of how data is used/misused, and why that matters. The curriculum moves to an exploration of what solidarities can look like and ways to deepen work to challenge antisemitism as part of our broader struggle for justice.

The webinar will run from 4-6 pm Pacific/7-9 pm Eastern time.

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