While I was waiting for the light to change at the intersection of Abernathy and Roswell Rd., I looked up and saw a pink billboard above the Publix shopping center—maybe you’ve seen it too. The billboard reads: “We’re just 75 years since the gas chambers. So no, a billboard calling out Jew hate isn’t an overreaction.” I was equal parts grateful and distressed by the presence of these billboards. Grateful because these bold billboards are drawing attention to an existential problem we face as Jews; distressed because of their necessity. Unfortunately, you don’t have to look far or wait long to learn about new antisemitic attacks in New York, Atlanta, Paris, or London.
The most important and effective action we can take to combat antisemitism is to educate our neighbors, friends, and coworkers who are not Jewish.
For months now, Temple Emanu-El’s Antisemitism Task Force has taken this charge to the next level. In August, you may have participated in Brendan Murphy’s presentation, “Why The Jews?” at Temple Emanu-El. Brendan is a history teacher at The Marist School and a treasure of the city of Atlanta. In his 2-part, multi-media seminar, Brendan delves into the history of Antisemitism—especially as it relates to the Catholic Church—as well as the modern manifestations of Antisemitism.
You can catch this seminar again on September 11th and 12th.
Over 250 people attended in August.
This is worth your time. You will not be disappointed.
Register HERE and bring your friends—Jewish AND non-Jewish.
Rabbi Rachael and I will be there for the September sessions.
Maybe one day we won’t need billboards to raise awareness about Antisemitism. Until that day comes, we must continue to learn, teach, and bring others along with us.