Combating Antisemitism in the Twenty-First Century
Antisemitism is anti-Jewish prejudice, discrimination, hatred, hostility, violence, or oppression. (See our antisemitism explainer for a more detailed explanation of what antisemitism is and how it affects individuals and communities.)
Grounded in Facing History’s student-centered pedagogical approach, these resources will help educators establish a brave, inclusive, and reflective classroom community as they explore this challenging topic. The resources below are organized thematically and will lead you to lesson plans, teaching strategies, videos, and webinars based on what you want to learn and what you want to introduce to your students.
How Our Resources Empower Students and Educators to Stand Up to Antisemitism
Our resources help educators:
Recognize and confront antisemitic bias and hate in their 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
Establish a brave, inclusive, and reflective classroom community so that you can engage your students in respectful and constructive discourse about challenging topics.
The History of Antisemitism and How to Combat Antisemitism Today
Prejudice and discrimination against Jews have persisted for millennia. To stop Jewish hate today, it’s valuable to understand the origins of antisemitism and how it has evolved over the course of history. Starting with the Christian roots of antisemitism, journey with students through these resources to trace where antisemitism came from and how it persists today. Then prepare your students to take action to combat antisemitism in all its forms.
Get resources for addressing troubling antisemitic incidents persisting around the world today with your students.
Featured Professional Development
At Facing History, we believe in starting with yourself. These professional development opportunities will build your own understanding of antisemitism so that you’re equipped to educate others as well.
Carol and Michael Lowenstein Foundation
Combined Jewish Philanthropies
Dan and Ellen Zelman Family Foundation of the Jewish Federation of Cleveland
The Frieze Family Foundation
The Heckscher Foundation for Children
Herbert Shainberg Foundation
Howard and Geraldine Polinger Family Foundation
Jack and Harriet Rosenfeld Foundation
Jewish Community Federation & Endowment Fund
The Joelson Foundation
Joyce and Irving Goldman Foundation
LIberty Mutual Insurance
Marcy Gringlas and Joel Greenberg, Seed the Dream Foundation
The Margaret and Daniel Loeb Foundation
Maurice Amado Foundation
Michael J Zamkow and Sue E Berman Charitable Foundation
Memphis Jewish Federation
Norman Raab Foundation
Oregon Jewish Community Foundation
The Pew Charitable Trusts
Pritzker Pucker Family Foundation
The Schwarz Family Foundation
The Semi J. and Ruth W. Begun Foundation, a supporting foundation of the Jewish Federation of Cleveland
Sidney and Edith Simon Family Holocaust Education Fund of the Jewish Federation of Cleveland
Simon Family Foundation, a supporting foundation of the Jewish Federation of Cleveland
UJA-Federation of New York
Ida and Myles Abbott
Paul and Phyllis Berz
Dan and Sandy Feldman
Mark and Cindy Finestone
Daniel B. and Robin R. Hatzenbuehler
Ronne and Donald Hess
Hy and Heddy Holz
Cynthia R. & Andrew S. Janower
Elaine and Robert Kaufman
Carol and Larry Levy
Don and Shelley Levy
Milton and Tamar Maltz
Sally & Saul J. Pannell
James and Ellice Papp
Debra and Alex Saharovich
Rachel and Steve Shankman
Barry Shulkin and Patricia Mandel
Eileen and Steven Wishnia
Facing Hate: Antisemitism, Race, and White Supremacy
Learn how concepts of race continue to feed antisemitic ideologies, how antisemitism continues to impact ideas of race, and how we can work to uproot white supremacy and racisms from our schools and society.
Antisemitism from the Enlightenment to World War I
Scholars describe the persistence of antisemitism in Europe from the Enlightenment through World War I and explain how new social, political, and pseudo-scientific justifications were created to perpetuate old prejudices.
Facing Hate: A Modern Challenge for an Ancient Hatred
Antisemitism is an ever-present ideology that retains its power in the modern era. It persists across the political spectrum, across national borders and across age, education levels and other demographic markers - and in our schools. What do we need to unlearn in order to help our students recognize and confront contemporary antisemitism effectively?
Explore the digital version of our core resource on the Holocaust. Find classroom-ready readings, primary sources, and short documentary films that support a study of the Holocaust through the lens of human behavior.