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Confronting anti-semitism : a practical guide
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Zakim, Leonard P.
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Hoboken, N.J. : KTAV, [2000]

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xxviii, 157 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm
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English
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9780881256291

9780881256741
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Demonization of the Jews has been a persistent characteristic of Western societies throughout history. Today, more than fifty years after the Holocaust, anti-Semites continue to perpetuate the myths, stereotypes, and obsessions that have characterized anti-Jewish rhetoric for two millennia. Many books have explored the roots and history of anti-Semitism, but Confronting Anti-Semitism is one of the first to offer practical strategies for responding to it on an individual level in one's personal life. The book examines the myths at the heart of anti-Semitism and provides step-by-step strategies for responding to them effectively. Each chapter is devoted to one particular slur used by anti-Semites and offers those concerned about prejudice the wherewithal to combat the charges that have been leveled against the Jewish people of all times and places.


Author Notes

Leonard P. Zakim is the Executive Director of the New England Regional Office of the Anti-Defamation League Mr. Zakim is the co-founder of the anti-bias educational project, A WORLD OF DIFFERENCE, which has trained over 315,000 educators in 29 cities across the United States and in eight foreign countries.


Leonard P. Zakim is the Executive Director of the New England Regional Office of the Anti-Defamation League Mr. Zakim is the co-founder of the anti-bias educational project, A WORLD OF DIFFERENCE, which has trained over 315,000 educators in 29 cities across the United States and in eight foreign countries.


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Booklist Review

Zakim, executive director of the New England region of the Anti-Defamation League, examines the anti-Semitic beliefs that have prompted anti-Semitic acts for the past 2,000 years. He gives the historical background of those beliefs--where they came from and what image of Jews or Judaism they invoke--and he offers strategies for counteracting them. Zakim explores nine anti-Semitic myths and their origins, providing contemporary examples and suggestions for a response to each. The book also contains essays by Leon Jick, Jonathan Kaufman, and Padraic O'Hare. Zakim warns readers that although there has been real progress in the fight against anti-Semitism in the U.S., it is a long way from being eliminated. His astute assessment of anti-Semitism at the end of the twentieth century--and 50 years after the Holocaust--makes for an important book. --George Cohen


Booklist Review

Zakim, executive director of the New England region of the Anti-Defamation League, examines the anti-Semitic beliefs that have prompted anti-Semitic acts for the past 2,000 years. He gives the historical background of those beliefs--where they came from and what image of Jews or Judaism they invoke--and he offers strategies for counteracting them. Zakim explores nine anti-Semitic myths and their origins, providing contemporary examples and suggestions for a response to each. The book also contains essays by Leon Jick, Jonathan Kaufman, and Padraic O'Hare. Zakim warns readers that although there has been real progress in the fight against anti-Semitism in the U.S., it is a long way from being eliminated. His astute assessment of anti-Semitism at the end of the twentieth century--and 50 years after the Holocaust--makes for an important book. (Reviewed December 15, 1999)0881256749George Cohen


Table of Contents

Dr. Leon JickJonathan KaufmanDr. Padraic O'HareDr. Leon JickJonathan KaufmanDr. Padraic O'Hare
Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Forewordp. xv
Introductionp. xix
Why Respond?p. 1
How Do We Respond: Strategic Guidelinesp. 5
The Mythsp. 12
"They killed Jesus"
"They poison our wells"
"They control the money"
"They're cheap"
"They conspire to control the world"
"Their national loyalty can't be trusted"
"The Holocaust didn't happen"
"They had a major role in the slave trade"
"The Hamitic Myth"
Confronting Anti-Semitism on a Personal Levelp. 43
Coalition Buildingp. 52
Finding Someone To Blame: The Anatomy of Anti-Semitismp. 60
Anti-Semitism and Black-Jewish Relationsp. 67
Anti-Judaism, Anti-Semitism: History, Roots, and Curesp. 82
Definitions of Anti-Semitismp. 109
Denominational Statements Against Anti-Semitismp. 113
Denominational Statements on the Holocaustp. 116
Notesp. 148
Bibliographyp. 157
Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Forewordp. xv
Introductionp. xix
Why Respond?p. 1
How Do We Respond: Strategic Guidelinesp. 5
The Mythsp. 12
"They killed Jesus"
"They poison our wells"
"They control the money"
"They're cheap"
"They conspire to control the world"
"Their national loyalty can't be trusted"
"The Holocaust didn't happen"
"They had a major role in the slave trade"
"The Hamitic Myth"
Confronting Anti-Semitism on a Personal Levelp. 43
Coalition Buildingp. 52
Finding Someone To Blame: The Anatomy of Anti-Semitismp. 60
Anti-Semitism and Black-Jewish Relationsp. 67
Anti-Judaism, Anti-Semitism: History, Roots, and Curesp. 82
Definitions of Anti-Semitismp. 109
Denominational Statements Against Anti-Semitismp. 113
Denominational Statements on the Holocaustp. 116
Notesp. 148
Bibliographyp. 157