So many parents today grew up in the United States or Canada with minimal direct experience with antisemitism. However, our children today are growing up in a very different environment. In 2019, the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) recorded 411 incidents at K-12 non-Jewish schools, which was an increase of 19 percent from 344 in 2018. In January 2020, the Jewish Community Relations Council reported that antisemitism had increased 329% from 2015 to 2019.
Modern antisemitism has taken many forms: the resurrection of people utilizing swastika graffiti and proudly waving traditional Nazi flags; torchlit rallies where people chant “Jews will not replace us”; violent attacks on individuals in the streets of populated cities; desecration of Jewish cemeteries ; and multiple tragic mass casualty attacks at synagogues and JCCs. Anti-Zionism has fueled a different kind of antisemitism while cyberbullying and other forms of on-line hate have become pervasive.
We are providing parents with two sets of information: one is a small data set highlighting various incidents of hate crimes and the other is a method to help you address antisemitism with your child(ren).