ADL’s Words to Action curriculum is designed to provide Jewish youth, family members, and communities the opportunity to increase personal understanding and ability to address anti-Semitism and anti-Israel bias. Programs are customized to meet the needs of various audiences and educational environments.
Programs will help participants:
- strengthen their Jewish identity
- confront insensitive or hateful comments
- challenge anti-Semitic myths with facts
- explore the history of anti-Semitism
- increase understanding of pro-Israel and anti-Israel activism on college campuses
- develop tools to respond effectively to difficult situations of bias
*specialized topics are also available
Each workshop is typically 1.5 – 2 hours long, and can be implemented as an individual session or 2-4 separate sessions.
Words to Action – Campus Curriculum
Today, as traditional anti-Semitism continues, many college students also face another form of anti-Semitism, that which is fueled by anti-Israel sentiment. On many college campuses, bias against the State of Israel has become increasingly common. High profile academics, charismatic speakers, and influential student leaders have presented the Israeli-Palestinian situation in a one-sided manner, blaming the conflict solely on Israel and largely ignoring Palestinian terrorism and violence. While the State of Israel is subject to critique just like any other government in the world, the criticisms against Israel often take a much harsher tone. Sometimes, this blatantly anti-Israel rhetoric even crosses the line into anti-Semitism. The Words to Action – Campus program is an opportunity for high school and college students to discuss these issues and develop strategies to address them using ADL’s wide range of resources and case studies.
- High school students attending Jewish Day Schools
- Students involved with Chabad or Hillel
- Campus advocacy groups
- Jewish student groups
Words to Action – Community Curriculum
Words to Action – Community is designed for middle school students and often includes adult family and community members as well. The interactive workshop focuses on understanding anti-Semitism and the various ways it can manifest at school or in the community. Participants explore the origins of traditional anti-Semitic myths and stereotypes and utilize role-playing activities to practice responding to realistic scenarios of anti-Semitism.
- Hebrew school classes
- Middle school students attending Jewish Day Schools
- Middle school students involved with Jewish Youth Groups
- Synagogue weekend and evening programs
*all programs may include adult family members
For High School and College Students:
For Middle School Students:
*to request print versions of handbooks please contact Stephanie Merkrebs at Smerkrebs@adl.org
The suggested honorarium to ADL for leading a Words to Action program in your school or community is $200.
For more information about Words to Action, please contact Stephanie Merkrebs, Assistant Regional Director, at Smerkrebs@adl.org or 212.885.7736