Temple Emanu-El is committed to exploring tough topics in a safe space. To build on the growing awareness of modern antisemitism, we continue our study and awareness.
“The presence of antisemitism is painful and enduring. The challenge before us is to be vigilant, but not fearful, because fear will distort who we are. We can’t let antisemitism drive us into tribal isolation, drawing the wagons into a circle, hopelessly distrustful of the world around us.” – excerpted from Rabbi David Stern, sermon, Erev Rosh Hashanah 5780 (October 2, 2019). Read the transcript.
Founded in 1984 by a group of Dallas area Holocaust Survivors, the Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum is dedicated to teaching the history of the Holocaust and advancing human rights to combat prejudice, hatred and indifference. The Museum is one of just a few Holocaust-related museums or centers in the United States and the only Holocaust museum serving North Central Texas, as well as the adjacent states of Oklahoma, Arkansas and Louisiana. The Museum tells the story of the Holocaust, the emergence of international human rights following the war, and the development of human and civil rights in America.
Podcast: Tracing the roots of anti-Semitism with Deborah Lipstadt: Chris Hayes speaks with historian Deborah Lipstadt about the centuries-old roots of anti-Semitism. NBC News podcast and transcript (May 2019)
The term antisemitism was coined only in the nineteenth century, but anti-Jewish hatred and Judeophobia (fear of Jews) date back to ancient times and have a variety of causes. Facts and more from the Holocaust Encyclopedia by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
The Jewish Agency for Israel (JAFI) on fighting antisemitism
The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) Resource Library
Below are some resources to help you discuss and process scary situations with your children.
Videos to help parents of our youngest children talk to their kids about scary situations (there are videos both for parents and for parents to watch with their children)
What to do (and not to do) when children are anxious, from the Child Mind Institute
Helping children cope with tragedy related anxiety, from Mental Health America