Take Action’s Top 5 Ways We Fought Back Against Anti-Semitism in 2020
Based on the issues that you opened the most, asked questions about or sent your stories, here are the Top 5 Ways to Push Back against anti-Semitism in 2020.
#5 Tie between “The B’nai Mitzvah that Pushed Back Anti-Semitism” and “Is Your Alma Mater Supportive?”
The next generation is important to all of us. It’s clear that supporting and empowering them as they come up against anti-Semitism in their lives is important to you. In 2021, we will be focusing on more ways to address this issue.
The B’nai Mitzvah that Pushed Back Anti-Semitism is an article by our first B’nai Mitzvah, outlining why she took on 2 for Seder as her Bat Mitzvah project, both to honor her Grandfather, a Holocaust survivor, and to take action against modern anti-Semitism. Her story shows how we must empower the kids in our lives to fight back against anti-Semitism as positive ambassadors, not hide them from it.
In 2021, look for the launch of our formal B’nai Mitzvah program so others can follow Gabby.
Is Your Alma Mater Supportive? was a reminder to quickly check your university’s news and policies regarding anti-Semitism before you donate. We interviewed Daniel Leshaw from our partner Hillel for details. While Universities went mostly virtual this year, there were still too many examples of anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism making students’ lives even more challenging on campus.
In 2021 we’ll update this story in the summer as campus-life continues to evolve.
#4 Take a Leap of Food
North Americans like to try different foods. Take Action looks at this as a way to explore, find commonalities and to support our neighbors of different faiths, backgrounds and cultures. Trying new foods is always a gateway into understanding a culture. During COVID, supporting these small businesses is a way of preserving our own North American diverse culture.
“Not only is OM in Potomac, MD (my favorite Indian Restaurant) still in business, but the owner has partnered with local groups on Facebook and offered specials to those who support him during this difficult time. This personal connection means more of his customers are asking him questions about his Indian culture when picking up their food. He increases the neighborhood connections he has and includes his favorite dishes in everyone’s orders for free. We never would have tried some of the yummy dishes had he not included them in our order!” – Update from 2 for Seder Co-Founder Lauren Kline