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Antisemitism classes in April 


Temple Beth Shalom of the West Valley presents antisemitism classes


In April, Temple Beth Shalom of the West Valley Rabbi Dana Evan Kaplan will be leading a four-part series looking at contemporary antisemitism and attempting to analyze its sources and likely results.

The classes will be from 10-11 a.m. Mondays, April 1, 8, 15 and 22 at Temple Beth Shalom of the West Valley, 12202 N. 101st Ave. in Sun City. Persons of all faiths are welcome and invited to attend.

In recent months, antisemitism has increased dramatically. Many people have been shocked by this. Antisemitism, they reasoned, was a historical phenomena. In light of the murder of 6 million Jews by the Nazis during World War II, all civilized people have been shocked and determined to avoid any type of anti-Semitism at all cost. But then in the aftermath of October 7th, antisemitism seems to have made a dramatic resurgence. What has happened? This is a question that all civilized Americans need to ask. 

Antisemitism is hostility to, prejudice towards, or discrimination against Jews. Antisemitic feelings may be motivated by negativity towards Jews as a people or by negativity sentiment towards Judaism.  In recent decades, what remained of anti-semitism was generally mild and geared to avoiding social contact with Jews. This has changed in the last several months with many college students openly calling for the destruction of the state of Israel and the murder of large numbers of Jews who reside in the state.

The calls for the destruction of Israel by Iran or by Hamas, Hezbollah, Islamic Jihad, or the Muslim Brotherhood, represent a contemporary mode of genocidal antisemitism. Calls to globalize the intifada essentially are calling for the murder of Jews worldwide. Some anti-semites differentiate between Jews who support the state of Israel and those who do not.


So the world seems to have shifted dramatically in the last several months. Whereas prior to that no self-respecting person would have admitted to harboring any negative feelings toward Jews and certainly not Desiring to murder large numbers of Jews, this has shifted and many are openly calling for the murder of Jews.


Prior to becoming the rabbi at TBS in 2019, Rabbi Kaplan served congregations in Georgia, Alabama, Wisconsin, Jamaica, and South Africa. He is a recognized authority on Reform Judaism in the United States and the author of several noteworthy books on Reform Judaism.

Cost for the four-part series is $20 for members and $35 for non-members. Deadline for registration is noon March 27. To register and pay the course fee, call the Temple office at 623.977.3240.

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