June 21, 2023 - June 22, 2023
About this event:
Our multi-session professional learning series are designed for in-depth exploration of themes and topics that help educators strengthen their skills and competencies. Session information is included in the event details.
This professional learning event will be led by Facing History staff. When you register, you will receive instructions for how to attend the event.
This event qualifies for Graduate Credit.
Certificate of Completion
Standing up to Antisemitism: Educator Workshop
Recognize and confront antisemitic bias and hate in your communities
Make connections between traditional and contemporary antisemitism
Examine the shifting representations of antisemitism
Consider how placing blame on a single population, “the Jews,” offers simple and inaccurate solutions to complex societal problems
Learn about Ohio resources that can support you and your students as you stand up to antisemitism.
How can we help our students recognize and stand up against antisemitism?
As humans, we often divide our societies into “in” groups and “out” groups and blame groups of people for tragedies or changes we cannot explain or control. Because of this tendency, antisemitism is constantly repackaged to reach new generations in new contexts. It can show up in a school as an anti-Jewish bullying incident, in organized white nationalist ideologies, and in memes promoted by politicians, celebrities, and social media influencers. How antisemitism looks changes over time, but the attitudes, stereotypes, and conspiracy theories underneath the packaging (as well as the harm they cause) remain largely the same.
Middle and high school students are particularly at risk of encountering antisemitic content in unmonitored digital spaces—meme culture, social media, and gaming platforms. By understanding what antisemitism is, how it shows up, and how it impacts individuals and communities, we can help students recognize and, more importantly, challenge antisemitism when they encounter it.
Join us for this two-day educator workshop to learn about the roots of antisemitism, and the ways that we and our students can recognize and respond to antisemitism today. The workshop will feature classroom-ready resources, a tour of the Maltz Museum, these engaging speakers and more:
- Rabbi Jonathan Cohen of The Temple -Tifereth Israel will explore the historic roots and modern manifestations of antisemitism.
- Scott Simon, author of Scare Your Soul and vice chair of the Maltz Museum’s Stop the Hate Committee, will offer ways for students to take small steps of courage in the classroom and beyond. All participants will receive a free copy of Scare Your Soul.
Wednesday, June 21 from 8 AM - 4 PM ET
Thursday, June 22 from 8 AM - 12 PM ET