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Dictionary opened to page with definition of anti-Semitism highlighted

Learn how one writer grapples with this question: Do Jews lack an independent existence, defined only by others, or do they exist by choice, even if as a minority?

Aron Hirt-Manheimer
Closeup of a map of Europe with a red pushpin on the country of Poland

Silencing speech about inconvenient truths about Polish anti-Semitism smacks of Holocaust denial.

Aron Hirt-Manheimer
Dictionary page with highlighted entry for anti-Semite

Although anti-Semitic attitudes have remained consistent, anti-Semitic incidents have been on the rise since 2015. Learn more from the head of the ADL.

Aron Hirt-Manheimer
Gold star of David necklace in palm of hand

I tried to hide my religion during my entire childhood. When I look back, I wonder who I was kidding.

Sheri Denkensohn-Trott
A circle of people with linked arms on the bima of a synagogue

After a spree of white supremacist violence in Sacramento in 1999, collaboration, solidarity, and hope followed. I’ve carried this lesson with me for 18 years.

Sofi Hersher
Babys arm on hospital blankets wearing a blue hospital ID bracelet around its wrist

Our family rejected one name’s legacy of slavery for another’s possible intimation of anti-Semitism. It was a small, quiet act of brit olam, our vision for a world filled with justice and compassion.

Joan Hocky
Outside view of Congregation Beth Israel building in Charlottesville, VA

When I learned there had been 400 men chanting “Jews will not replace us” on the University of Virginia grounds, my first thought was for Congregation Beth Israel.

Dahlia Lithwick
Shadowed hand holding heart-shaped figure in front of sunlight with golden grass in the background

Because this past week has been difficult for our nation and our Jewish community, it is imperative that we respond with love, inclusion, and compassion.

April Baskin

Holocaust survivor, author, and Nobel Laureate Elie Wiesel, who died on July 2, 2016, spoke with a moral authority rarely matched in his lifetime. In this critical time, we return to his 2005 words.

Aron Hirt-Manheimer
A row of lit votive candles

Last week’s vandalism of a synagogue in California was more upsetting in the wake of white supremacist violence in Charlottesville. Learn how the community responsed.

Rabbi Ruth Adar


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