SHELTON, CT —This fall, Rabbi Shneur Brook of Chabad of Shelton will offer a new four-session course titled Outsmarting Antisemitism.
Using history, Talmudic sources, Jewish mysticism, and contemporary expert analysis, the course addresses some of the persistent questions we grapple with as individuals and as a community. Why does antisemitism persist? How can we make hate go away? How can we counter Israel-focused antisemitism and prevent our own youth from unwittingly lending their voices to antisemitic agendas?
“Many Jews are anxious about rising antisemitism today and worry about how to respond to it,” Rabbi Brook said. “By exploring the mechanics of antisemitism and probing historical strategies for reducing it, this course offers a framework for confronting it head-on with purpose, positivity, and pride.”
Informative, interesting, and empowering, Outsmarting Antisemitism is well suited for community leaders and laypersons alike. “All those who care about religious freedom, both Jews and others, confront a disturbing increase in antisemitism worldwide,” said Cary Nelson, past president of the American Association of University Professors. “It is no longer enough just to be opposed to antisemitism. We all have to be knowledgeable about its history and current manifestations if we are to be equipped to combat its spread. That is why this course matters.”
“What distinguishes the present moment is the rise of antisemitism simultaneously on all fronts,” said Natan Sharansky, former refusenik and chairman at the Institute for the Study of Global Antisemitism and Policy. “To succeed in the struggle against these dangerous phenomena, we have to confront antisemitism on all fronts simultaneously. Therefore, this course from the Rohr Jewish Learning Institute is very important.”
The four-week course begins this week, October 26th, at Chabad of Shelton. Like all programs, it is designed to appeal to people at all levels of knowledge, including those without any prior experience or background in Jewish learning. All Chabad’s courses are open to the public, and attendees need not be affiliated with a particular synagogue, temple, or other houses of worship.
The course will be offered in-person and open to the general public.
Interested students may call 203.364.4149 or visit www.JewishShelton.com/jli for registration and for other course-related information.
Members of the local media are invited to conduct an advance interview with the local course facilitator. Interviews with national facilitators and course creators may also be scheduled upon request. Contact Rabbi Shneur Brook (contact info above) for additional media-related information.