This overview will be based on the critically acclaimed book by Dara Horn, ""People Love Dead Jews," on anti-semitism in different historical eras. We read a novel by this author for One Book, One Congregation a few years ago. The series will build a foundation for addressing the threat of this moment in our state, with white nationalism on the rise, dangerously represented by several electoral candidates who have large followings.
The book can be purchased online including audio, e-versions, hard copy and paperback copy, new and used. It should be available at your public library and can be bought at local bookstores near you. Please consider supporting Philadelphia's independent, local bookstores such as Harriet's Bookshop or A Novel Idea.
There will be 3 sessions in this series, and you can attend any of then without having attended a previous one. The other sessions will be held on November 20 and December 13 at the same time. Please read as much as you are able to over the course of the series and particularly for this session chapters 6 and 7.
Sunday, Oct. 23, 2022 "Why is there anti-semitism? Why is it surging now?"
Anti-semitism is surging around the world causing Jewish communities to be alarmed and concerned. In the first of our three part series, we will look at the historical purpose of anti-semitism and explore why it escalates in certain places and in certain times. Why now in this country? Our sessions are always interactive, including teaching as well as discussion.
We will not have time to discuss all questions in our sessions so consider finding a buddy for further sharing on these questions.
For the entire series, as you read, make note of how you feel when you hear about hate and violence directed towards Jews.
Where in your body do you have these feelings?
What thoughts arise first for you and do you agree with them?
How did your family teach you about this history? How have you taught your children, grandchildren, students, partners or community members about anti-semitism?
What have you learned from your family, your experience and your community about Jewish resilience and survival?
For chapters six and seven:
Does your family have a story about how you got an Americanized name?
What do you think about Dara Horn's proposal that Jews become targets because we question the dominant ideology of Christian or Muslim nationalism?
Leyv Ha-Ir members will be automatically sent the Zoom link for these. Guests are welcome and can register here to be sent the Zoom information. There is no charge for this program, although guests are encouraged to make a donation of $18.