Our interactive Words to Action workshops empower Jewish youth, family members, and community members to respond to incidents of anti-Semitism and anti-Israel bias. This program is customized to meet the needs of various audiences and educational environments. Words to Action is designed to help participants strengthen their Jewish identity, confront insensitive or hateful comments, challenge anti-Semitic myths with facts, and develop tools to respond effectively to difficult situations.
Workshops are 1.5 – 2 hours long, and can be implemented as a 1-time 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.
- Increasing their understanding and awareness of anti-Semitism and anti-Israel bias in their lives
- Countering anti-Semitic stereotypes and anti-Israel myths with accurate information
- Providing skills to respond effectively and appropriately to the variety of ways anti- Semitism manifests itself, from insensitive or biased comments to hate-motivated incidents
- High school students attending Jewish Day Schools
- Students involved with Chabad or Hillel
- Campus advocacy groups
- Jewish student groups
* all programs may include adult family members
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
For High School and College Students:
For Middle School Students:
*to request print versions of handbooks please contact Stephanie Merkrebs at Smerkrebs@adl.org
Thanks to the generous supporters of ADL New York Region’s Words to Action initiative, we are currently able to offer workshops at no cost to host institutions. However, our funds are limited. Upon your request for a workshop ADL may need to charge a fee of $200.
For more information about Words to Action, please contact Stephanie Merkrebs, Assistant Regional Director, at Smerkrebs@adl.org or 212.885.7736