Organizing Against Antisemitism

JFREJ is leading the progressive movement’s response to antisemitism by providing analysis, education, and guidance to our allies nationally, and organizing the fight against hate violence in New York.

Antisemitism Education, Training & Thought Leadership

With the forces of right wing white Christian nationalism ascendent, Jews are facing new threats and a rapidly changing political landscape. But we aren’t facing these dangers alone. JFREJ is joining in solidarity with other communities who have a mutual interest in fighting white supremacist ideology.

JFREJ leverages its strong relationships and years of partnership with community-based organizations and grassroots coalitions, drawing upon a foundation of trust that allows us to connect with audiences that other Jewish organizations might never reach. Together, we work to understand the nature and history of antisemitism, the threat it poses, and the best ways to confront it. In moments of antisemitic violence, like the attack on the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, it was these partners — from South Asian, Latinx, Arab, and Filipino communities — who created protective safety circles around us at our events, with signs in Urdu, Bangla, Spanish, and Tagalog. This is our vision of Jewish safety — a vision that recognizes our security is inextricably linked to the safety of all oppressed people, and that our shared joy and power is dependent on all of us working together to create a world free from antisemitism, racism, xenophobia, and other forms of bigotry.

Even before the 2016 election JFREJ saw the threat that antisemitism poses to Jews and to movement for social justice. In 2017 JFREJ published Understanding Antisemitism, a comprehensive resource for fighting anti-Jewish ideology in an era of resurgent white nationalism.

One historical aspect of antisemitism is that it has repeatedly undermined movements for social justice, and since 2016 we have seen the political right consistently "weaponize" accusations of antisemitism to target the left, even as they nurture and excuse the antisemitic white Christian nationalists in their own ranks. For this reason, in 2018 JFREJ began facilitating antisemitism trainings — all across the country, online, and for our partners here in New York City. The workshops are specifically designed for non-Jewish social justice activists and leaders, authored and facilitated by a diverse group of leaders, including Jewish People of Color, Mizrahi & Sephardi Jews, and Jews from different class backgrounds.

Finally, JFREJ is drawing the connections between the surge of antisemitism and the social realities fueling the fire. Like other forms of scapegoating, antisemitism rises when societies break down and people are forced to compete for scarce resources. The conditions that Jews need to safely thrive are the same ones that we need to fix our broken social order — a vibrant, functional democracy that empowers all of us, the equitable allocation of resources so that everyone can meet their needs, the human right to healthcare and housing, and a New York City that functions as a home for its people, not an investment vehicle for real estate developers.

Other components of our work against antisemitism include:

NYC Against Hate: Joining with our neighbors to stop hate violence

The NYC Against Hate coalition was convened by JFREJ to respond to skyrocketing hate violence in New York City. For the first time, a diverse coalition of community-based organizations — including Jewish, immigrant, Latinx, Muslim, Arab & South Asian, Black, and LGBTQGNC populations — will coordinate their responses to incidents of hate violence in New York City. We need to divest from policing and carceral responses, and invest in approaches that prevent violence by educating communities and equipping them with the tools they need to keep each other safe in interactions with ICE, the police, and street harassers. Learn more here.