PJ Library Helps US Kids Learn to Cope with Wave of Anti-Semitism

Published: 
March 1, 2017

Source: Times of Israel

With continued reports of increased anti-Semitic incidents across North America, parents and teachers no longer have the luxury of talking about anti-Semitism as an abstraction or something from the history books.

In recent months, there have been 90 bomb threats at 73 locations — including JCCs and Jewish day schools in 30 states and one Canadian province — and acts of vandalism at two historic Jewish cemeteries. From November 9, 2016 — the day after the presidential election — through February 7, 2017 the Southern Poverty Law Center has collected 1,372 reported anti-Semitic incidents.

“Anti-Semitism of this nature should not and must not be allowed to endure in our communities. The Justice Department, Homeland Security, the FBI, and the White House, alongside Congress and local officials, must speak out, and speak out forcefully, against this scourge of anti-Semitism impacting communities across the country,” said David Posner, director of strategic performance at the JCC Association of North America

It is because of this escalating anti-Semitism that PJ Library, best known for sending free books to Jewish children worldwide, developed a resource to help parents talk to their children about anti-Semitism. The guide includes tips from the American Psychological Association on how to talk to children as well as books parents can read with their kids.

Read the entire article at The Times of Israel.

Updated: Mar. 07, 2017
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