Antisemitism is on the rise. Last year, hate and bias incidents rose in almost every jurisdiction in Maryland, targeting individuals and facilities, from schools and community centers to places of worship.

Recognizing the need to address this issue, The Associated and the Baltimore Jewish Council (BJC) convened an Antisemitism Summit to look at measures being taken locally and around the country. More than 75 professionals and lay leaders from local synagogues, day schools, agencies and other Jewish institutions, as well as Jewish elected officials, attended and brainstormed on how the Baltimore Jewish community could stem the tide.

Following the event, an Antisemitism task force, led by Debs Weinberg, Chair of the Board of The Associated, and Rabbi Andrew Busch, First Vice President of the BJC, was formed to further the conversation.

As part of The Associated’s commitment to fight Antisemitism, last year the BJC advocated for a hate crimes bill which passed overwhelmingly in the Maryland General Assembly. At the same time, The Associated, through its agencies, promoted better understanding between diverse communities.

Some of these programs include BJC’s interfaith trialogues, dialogues between Jewish, Christian and Muslim individuals; CHAI’s Multi-Cultural Nights, showcasing Jewish, African American and Latino culture to neighbors living in the Fallstaff community; and the Jewish Museum of Maryland’s school programs. Last year, more than 3,000 students from Baltimore City and the surrounding counties toured the museum and learned about Jewish history, customs and traditions.

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