INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Anti-Semitism, Jewish community center representatives say this is a topic to be spoken about boldly, not swept under the rug. Recent examples of anti-Semitism in pop culture help broaden the conversation.
Today, nearly 85 years have passed since the “Night of Broken Glass”, the first major act of violence inflicted on Jews. Representatives of the Jewish Community Center say this type of hatred is experiencing a resurgence. So they invite people to learn from this while listening two authors with writings around anti-Semitism.
Anti-Semitism is a hot topic, and the controversy surrounding rapper Kanye West and basketball player Kyrie Irving, according to a member of the Jewish community, is bringing more attention to this long-standing issue.
“Anti-Semitism, which is getting so strong that we felt we wanted to open up the opportunity for the community to listen and ask questions of authors who have written about two different perspectives on anti-Semitism,” said the director of arts and education Lev Rothenberg.
He says that for years they have used community programs supporting social justice, but in today’s climate they need to dig deeper.
“Unfortunately, last year was the highest record for anti-Semitic incidents,” Rothenberg said.
It’s the annual Ann Katz Book and Arts Festival that shines a direct light on anti-Semitism. Bring in two authors who have written on the subject and will share their thoughts on how to make changes.
“We’ve reached a point where we’re just setting a good example, it’s not enough, we have to face it head on. Just like all forms of hate should be tackled head-on,” Rothenberg said.
As we mark the anniversary of Kristallnacht, Night of Broken Glass, he said, it is important to be aware of the dangers of nearly 85 years ago and to work to prevent them from happening again .
“Hundreds of synagogues have been destroyed. Thousands of businesses and many people killed. And that was the start of what is to come.
Rothenberg said he hopes the author’s conversations will more clearly illuminate the idea that there are new generations growing up with a resurgence of hate and its impact.