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Training Series

Jewish Identities and Antisemitism Programming Series

This series of four events started in October 2021 with a program featuring individuals with a diversity of intersecting Jewish and other identities talking about their lived experiences. In the three sessions during spring semester 2022, we grounded our investigation of Jewish identity and experience of antisemitism in an exploration of history, identity, and opportunities for solidarity.

We hope that this series will validate and affirm Jewish members of the UMD family and give all UMD community members greater understanding and more tools to recognize and counter antisemitism when we see it.

Antisemitism, like other forms of oppression, traffics in stereotypes, generalities, and assumptions. These tropes are all around us—in literature and popular culture and in everyday conversations on the street or on our campus. When left unexamined and unchallenged, anti-Jewish tropes can in extreme cases lead to violence and in more everyday circumstances cause microaggressions and other tensions that degrade the vibrant and inclusive climate we want UMD to be.

What’s more, as this programming series explored, anti-Jewish bias and antisemitism work hand in hand with other forms of oppression, including anti-Black racism, anti-immigrant bias, and homophobia, to name just a few. Addressing all forms of oppression are integral to ODI's work of helping the university achieve its diversity, equity and inclusion goals, and this programming will play an important role.

We hope you will watch the recordings below.

Event flyer for Understanding the Multiplicity of Jewish Identities with portraits of the speakers

This panel sought to understand the multifaceted nature of Jewish identity and the range of experiences and identities among Jews. Panelists: Ari Israel, MA, Executive Director of the UMD HillelNilaya Knafo, Senior Program Assistant, United States...

Topics: Identity Hate & bias Anti-oppression

Event flyer for No One Controls the World with portraits of the speakers

From speculation about Jewish space lasers to complaints about George Soros’ influence to the Colleyville hostage-taker’s certainty that a New York rabbi could intervene on behalf of a Federal prisoner, the subtext that Jewish people have...

Topics: Identity Hate & bias Anti-oppression

Constructions of Race and Jewishness event flyer with portraits of the speakers

Recently, Whoopi Goldberg stirred up a great deal of controversy when she said that the Holocaust was “not about race.” In the aftermath, historians and Jewish organizations pointed out that for the Nazis, “Jewish” was a race. But Jewish people of...

Topics: Identity Hate & bias Anti-oppression

Divided We Fall event flyer with portraits of the speakers

In 2018 a White Nationalist killed 11 worshippers at Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh because he believed Jews were working to “replace” white Americans with Black and brown immigrants. That horrible moment is just one recent example in a...

Topics: Identity Hate & bias Anti-oppression



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