2019-04-05 | JIMENA in the Press

Jewish Federation To Host Anti-Semitism Panel

The Boca Raton Tribune. March 20, 2019

Boca Raton, FL – In an effort to educate and foster conversations on important, timely issues impacting the Jewish community, Jewish Federation of Palm Beach County’s Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) will host a panel discussion about the rise of anti-Semitism in the progressive movement. The free and open program will feature a moderated panel of experts discussing the new rhetoric that marginalizes Jews and mainstreams anti-Semitism. The event will be held in two locations: on Wednesday, April 3, 2019 at the Mandel JCC Palm Beach Gardens, and Thursday, April 4, 2019 at the Indian Spring Country Club in Boynton Beach.

“We are experiencing a scary resurgence of anti-Semitism in the United States and around the world,” shared Josephine Gon, vice president of JCRC. “There is a new, more subtle, form of anti-Semitism that has entered the mainstream, and we need to understand it and enact ways to combat this injustice. We are confident this panel of experts will provide an informative and empowering discussion.”

Experts on the panel include:

Amanda Berman, founder and executive director of the Zioness Movement, a new initiative that empowers and activates Zionists on the progressive left to stand proudly as Jews and Zionists;  Quentin Hill, director of outreach & engagement of A Wider Bridge, an organization of pro-Israel LGBTQ individuals and allies who have a commitment to supporting Israel’s LGBTQ community; Sarah Levin, executive director of JIMENA, a group that aims to achieve universal recognition for the heritage and history of the 850,000 indigenous Jewish refugees from the Middle East and North Africa; and Janet Freedman, resident scholar at the Brandeis University Women’s Studies Research Center and a professor emerita at UMass Dartmouth.

Registration required for both events: Wednesday, April 3, 2019 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Mandel JCC Palm Beach Gardens located at 5221 Hood Road or Thursday, April 4, 2019 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Indian Spring Country Club in Boynton Beach, located at 11501 El Clair Ranch Road (complimentary valet and self-parking available).

For more information and to RSVP, call 561.242.6671 or email JCRC@jewishpalmbeach.org.

Program sponsors include OneWorld: Davis Family Tolerance Project, Heidi Schaeffer, M.D. Charitable Trust, National Council of Jewish Women, Hadassah Florida, Stand With Us Southeast, ADL Florida, Hillel of Broward and Palm Beach, Law Offices of Michael A. Lampert P.A.  and Tara Laxer.

For more information about Jewish Federation of Palm Beach County and JCRC, visit jewishpalmbeach.org.

About the Jewish Federation of Palm Beach County

Jewish Federation of Palm Beach County works to transform, inspire and save lives in the Palm Beaches, Israel and 70 countries around the world. For more information about the Jewish Federation of Palm Beach County, visitjewishpalmbeach.org.

About the Jewish Community Relations Council

The mission of Jewish Federation of Palm Beach County’s Jewish Community Relations Council is to ensure a vibrant Jewish future by convening, educating and mobilizing the Jewish community to promote a secure Jewish and democratic State of Israel; combat antisemitism, discrimination and bigotry; foster understanding within and beyond the Jewish community; and champion a just and pluralistic society.