LJCC hosting program to educate general community about antisemitism

Antisemitism has been around for millennia, but often can still be quite puzzling, especially to those outside the Jewish community.

On Aug. 25, several Jewish agencies in Birmingham will host “Together Against Antisemitism,” an educational development opportunity for the general community. Many companies will be offering credits to their employees for participating, and Continuing Education Units will be available for educators.

The program will be at the Levite Jewish Community Center. Doors will open at 12:30 p.m. for light refreshments, and the session will be from 1 to 3 p.m. Part of the proceedings will include a conversation between Sheri Falk, news anchor at WVTM-TV, and Dov Wilker, Southeast Regional Director for the American Jewish Committee.

The organizers are looking to reach CEOs, human resources personnel, civic groups, politicians, educators, superintendents, faith leaders and anyone else interested in learning.

“Understanding antisemitism is the first step in engaging in the fight against what is considered ‘the world’s oldest hatred’,” said Joyce Shevin, director of the Birmingham Jewish Federation’s Jewish Community Relations Council. The seminar will detail how to recognize manifestations of antisemitism in society, whether in the workplace, political arena, schools or social media.

The tools that can be used to address antisemitism can often be used in confronting other types of hate and discrimination, Shevin noted.

“This program is a powerful opportunity not only to recognize and confront antisemitism, but also to lend support to our neighbors in their fight against intolerance,” said Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin. “Birmingham’s legacy is built on tolerance, acceptance and justice for all people, and it’s up to all of us to continue to uphold the values that define us.”

The program is free, but all who are planning to attend must register through the LJCC website. The program is funded by the Federation, with support from the JCRC and the Alabama Holocaust Education Center.