Responding to Hate

Responding to Hate

Responding to Hatred
Resources for Education and Action

These resources were compiled to accompany the Puget Sound Community Statement on Antisemitism.

To elected, civic, and faith leaders, as well as individuals who wish to be allies to the Jewish community in combating antisemitism, we recommend the following ways to help meet the challenge:

1.   Seek to Understand
a. Check out resources on antisemitism from experts like the:
i. Anti-Defamation League
iii. United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

b.  Sign up for a local class such as on Confronting Antisemitism and Intolerance at the Holocaust Center for Humanity.
c.  Read Deborah Lipstadt’s new book, Antisemitism Here and NowFrom the Seattle Public Library.

2.  Stand Up
a. Seek to stop it in its tracks by swiftly, forcefully, and publicly condemning acts of antisemitism.
b. If you believe someone has said or done something antisemitic and doesn’t understand, help them to understand the impact of their words.
c. When you see antisemitic vandalism, harassment, intimidation, or violence, speak up, in consultation with the victim, and with their consent, report it directly to the police, the ADL, SAFE Washington, or a trusted leader within your community who will ensure the incident is reported.
d. If you don’t know if something is antisemitic, get in touch with the Anti-Defamation League.

3.   Reach Out
a. Contact your child’s school and ask what their policies and practices are for adequately addressing hate-based incidents, including anti-Jewish incidents, in schools. If they don’t exist, ask that they be created and that impacted minority communities be a part of that process.
b. Reach out to your local synagogue — ask what you can do to help, sign up for an interfaith service project, or ask if you can attend a service or a holiday celebration.
c. Check out the Guide to Jewish Washington to find local Jewish organizations with whom you might engage, attend an event, learn from, etc.

4.    Advocate
a. Contact your elected officials. Share this community statement with them. Tell them antisemitism is a growing concern and that you’d like them to make understanding and addressing growing antisemitism a priority.
b. Contact the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle to learn how you can support their advocacy.

5.    Show Up
a. For Holocaust Remembrance Day Events.
b. For community solidarity gatherings.
c. For other communities that experience hate crimes and to build enduring relationships with potential allies.

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