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Jews and Allies United to End Anti-Semitism

The Maryland/Washington, D.C., USA, Jews and Allies United to End Anti-Semitism team did our first going-public project. We were among dozens of local community organizations at a Maryland Folk Arts Festival.

It was a powerful day. There was lots of discharge, lots of listening, and lots of connecting with each other. We discharged when we first saw our eight-foot banner with “Jews and Allies United to End Anti-Semitism” on it. It was so big and so out there!

We had a question on a flip chart, “Have you noticed anti-Semitism recently?” and about seventy-five people came by our table. Some came over immediately. Some raised a fist in support. When an onlooker hesitated, one of us would reach out.

A teenage boy approached on his bike and said, “I’m Jewish.” He was happy we were there. He told us he had been called anti-Semitic names at school and was pleased to get a copy of the anti-Semitism pamphlet [Anti-Semitism: Why Is It Everyone’s Concern? by Cherie R. Brown and Amy Leos-Urbel; available from Rational Island Publishers (see page 26 of this Present Time)]. Several veterans in wheelchairs came by. One of them whipped out [suddenly took out] his Jewish star and said he was amazed we were there.

We had conversations about Israel, Zionism, anti-Zionism, anti-Semitism on college campuses, and more. Some people told us incredible stories of anti-Semitism. Others said they had never noticed it.

Most people assumed we were all Jews. Some greeted us with “Shalom” [a Hebrew word meaning “peace” that’s used for both “hello” and “goodbye”] or “Leshana Tova” [a greeting during the Jewish New Year]. The non-Jews enjoyed talking to people about being allies.

We sold or gave out forty anti-Semitism pamphlets. Ten people wanted more information about RC and signed up to be contacted.

Cherie Brown

International Liberation
Reference Person for Jews

Silver Spring, Maryland, USA

Reprinted from the RC e-mail discussion
for leaders of wide world change

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