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Take Action and Shine a Light

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25.11.2021

Next week marks the start of Hanukkah — our annual reminder of the persistence of light amid darkness. This reminder proves all the more welcome on days when it feels as though the night is closing in. Antisemitism, which for decades felt like a distant memory in the United States, has surged to the front of our communal consciousness, after the murderous rampages in Pittsburgh, Jersey City, and Poway. This oldest hatred appears also under less fatal but no less sinister guises, such as the radical critique of the Jewish state, dressing up antisemitism in the respectable garb of human rights.

There is, nonetheless, reason for hope. The Maccabees of yesteryear had to confront the mighty Seleucid Empire as a ragtag band of resisters. American Jews today can call on many allies in wider society in our campaign against hate. The Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations is in that spirit joining the Shine A Light initiative, a coalition of over 60 civil society and non-governmental organizations committed to the fight against antisemitism. The partner organizations will coordinate a series of events, programs, and actions over the coming weeks to raise awareness........

© The Times of Israel (Blogs)


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