StandWithUs is coming to Scottsdale | Community
StandWithUs (SWU) is a non-profit, non-partisan, international educational organization that fights anti-Semitism and supports Israel. Founded in 2001, SWU provides students and communities with leadership training and educational programs. It informs through social media, print and digital materials, films, weekly newsletters and missions to Israel.
Recognizing the critical need for education and action regarding the global rise of anti-Semitism, local community activists Mindy Franklin, Lynn Kahn and Chana Anderson host SWU at an event, “Anti-Semitism Here and Now” , March 27 at Congregation Beth Tefillah at 6529 E .Shea Blvd. in Scottsdale at 7 p.m. Roz Rothstein, Co-Founder and CEO of SWU and Carly Gammill, Director of SWU’s Center for Combating Antisemitism, will discuss recent manifestations of anti-Jewish bigotry in the community, on campuses and in high schools . They will also discuss different forms of anti-Semitism and review ways people can get involved. A Q&A with Rothstein and Gammill will follow the discussion.
Franklin, Kahn and Anderson said in a joint statement, “With the current rise of anti-Semitism here in our community and throughout Arizona, evident in our cultural, social and political arenas, now is the time for all Jews to unite to fight the narrative. anti-Jewish bigotry. Being passive, disregarding hateful words or actions, or hiding one’s religious identity will not make it go away. It is time for all Jews to stand up as a unified force against all incidents of anti-Semitism. »
They were also thrilled that any organizations they approached – including religious schools, synagogues, Jewish organizations, etc. – were extremely favorable to the establishment of SWU in the valley.
In 2021, ADL Arizona tracked significant hate and bias incident reports, reflecting a 26% increase from 2020 and a 41% increase from 2019.
SWU programs select and train student leaders, from college to university, to expose anti-Semitism when they see it and educate their peers about Israel in their schools and communities. In 2012 SWU created the Kenneth Leventhal High School internship.
During the two-semester program, Leventhal interns, who are juniors and seniors, identify their schools’ educational needs as they relate to Israel, whether rooted in disinformation or misinformation. Then, together with their SWU high school regional coordinator, they develop a vision to meet those needs through educational programs.
SWU has also been a leader in helping university students on campuses around the world deal with anti-Israel/anti-Semitic challenges. The StandWithUs Emerson Fellowship brings together more than 150 student leaders from the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, and Brazil. Through SWU’s education and leadership training, coupled with a year-long mentorship, Emerson Scholars act as a network of grassroots educators in the field.
Arizona has had student representatives participate in both high school internship programs and college scholarship programs in the past.
“Given the increase in anti-Semitic incidents in Arizona, a strong presence that confronts this and does proactive education is clearly needed. Thanks to Mindy, Chana and Lynn, this event is a great introduction to the community at work at StandWithUs,” Rothstein said. “Coupled with the student programs we have already run here on college, high school and college campuses for years, we look forward to being able to start an active chapter. StandWithUs is a great resource and partner for students, community leaders, and other organizations in cities across the United States and around the world who want to fight anti-Semitism and educate people about Israel.
Rothstein, a daughter of Holocaust survivors, has been named twice by the Jewish Daily Forward as one of “America’s 50 Most Influential Jews” and twice by the Jerusalem Post as one of the “50 Most Influential Jews in the World”.
As a fourth-generation Phoenician raised in north-central Phoenix in the 1960s and 1970s, Lynn Kahn said she was lucky not to see or hear signs of anti-Semitism growing up. “It wasn’t until I was employed that I felt the real hatred and contempt that some people felt towards the Jewish people.”
Kahn believes that acts of anti-Semitism are due to ignorance, neglect or outright contempt, it is an evil in a segment of society that festers and inflicts great harm on humanity as a whole . “I believe that anti-Semitism is taught; it’s not an innate trait,” Kahn said. “With all the current anti-Semitism seen in our country today, coming from the far right, the far left, Islamist extremists, congressional progressives, the United Nations and now with Amnesty International – now is the time for us to be ‘strong Jews and Jews'”. proud.'” jn
For more information about the event or to register, visit swuandtbt.paperform.co. The deadline for registration is March 23.