New ADL Program Prepares Jewish High School Seniors to Confront Anti-Semitism on College Campuses

2.03 New ADL Program Prepares Jewish High School Seniors to Confront Anti-Semitism on College Campuses

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New Community Jewish High School Students participate in small group activities at the interactive ADL program to prepare them for anti-Israel or anti-Semitic activities on college campuses

The Anti-Defamation League has provided an interactive workshop to the entire senior class at New Community Jewish High School to prepare them to confront anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism on college campuses. ADL now hopes to bring this program to other Jewish high schools in the Los Angeles area.

ADL’s Pacific Southwest Region adapted its long-standing program, Confronting  Anti-Semitism, for Jewish college-bound students. For four days during January 2011, the second half of the senior class of New Community Jewish High School attended this interactive workshop. The first half of the class completed the workshop in November 2010 as part of this pilot program.

Many Jewish high school students who have been raised in a Jewish friendly environment feel unprepared when they encounter anti-Israel and anti-Semitic activities on university campuses. In recent ADL Reports, Anti-Israel Activity on Campus: 2009 in Review and Israeli Apartheid Week, it has become evident that the words and tactics used by anti-Zionists on campus are always evolving. The new curriculum is designed to give Jewish students resources and confidence to respond to and confront these issues when they get to college.

Confronting Anti-Semitism participants learn about current anti-Israel rallies, demonstrations and speakers that are taking place on college campuses. The students practice strategies for responding to various scenarios. They participate in interactive activities to prepare them for complex situations they might encounter on campus. They also receive resources that can be useful to them on an ongoing basis, including ADL’s Fighting Back: A Handbook for Responding to Anti-Israel Rallies on College and University Campuses.

Student evaluations from the second installment of the newly designed curriculum indicated that they learned a great deal from the training and particularly enjoyed the interactive activities and practice scenarios.

Comments included the following:

  • “I am prepared more for what to expect on campus.”
  • “I learned the importance of a single individual’s contribution to the Jews and how to take
  • “I will continue to learn more about Israel so I can further respond to”
  • “It opened my eyes to the variety of anti-Israel stuff there is that I did not know about.”

For further information about this program, call ADL at 310-446-4229.