ONLINE: "Jews will not replace us!" "6MWE" "It's open season on all you Zionist pigs!" "Israel = Racism/Apartheid/Genocide" Why are Jews consistently targeted in the U.S.? What is antisemitism, and why is it the longest and most successful hatred? How does Israel factor into this? Is criticism of Israel antisemitic? Through videos, lectures and brief discussions, we will study the often asked question: Why the Jews? While not providing in-depth coverage of theology, modern politics or the best solutions to the Israel-Arab conflict, this course will help students gain a better understanding of: 1) Jews and Judaism; 2) the centuries-long history of Jewish hatred that led to the Holocaust, but did not end there; 3) facts behind the Israel-Arab conflict; 4) legitimate versus illegitimate criticism of Israel; 5) the interplay of hate, extremism and antisemitism that makes Jews feel less safe today; 6) if/how our own attitudes can make a difference. | Lecture + Q&A, Facilitated discussion.
Max enrollment: 24.
Class sessions are recorded.
An experienced OLLI instructor, Shelly Bleiweiss is a retired clinical social worker and a child of two Polish Jewish Holocaust survivors. A Holocaust educator for over 20 years, he has spoken to teachers, hundreds of public school students and numerous community, church and civic organizations about the Holocaust and antisemitism. Shelly is a docent at Temple Beth Or in Raleigh, a speaker with the Holocaust Speakers Bureau and a member of the North Carolina Council on the Holocaust.