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Three Educators Receive 2024 Walter Kase Educator Excellence Award

ADL Southwest recognized three Houston-area educators with the 2024 Walter Kase Educator Excellence Award at its May 22 board meeting. Recipients included Tanglewood Middle School Theater Director Nikki Andrews, Meyerland Performing and Visual Arts Middle School Counselor Donna Bolden, and Rhodes School for the Performing Arts Counselor LaTonya White.  They were selected based on their years of service as a

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Shawn Raymond Receives 2024 Karen H. Susman Jurisprudence Award

More than 860 people saw Shawn Raymond of leading trial law firm Susman Godfrey LLP receive the ADL’s (Anti-Defamation League’s) Karen H. Susman Jurisprudence Award at the Karen H. Susman Jurisprudence Award Luncheon April 18. As of the 18th, the luncheon had raised $878,000 for ADL’s Southwest Region. ADL Southwest presents this award annually to an outstanding member of the

Antisemitic Incidents Increase 45% in Southern Region of Texas in 2023

Driven in part by a massive spike in antisemitic incidents after the Oct. 7 massacre in Israel and the ongoing war in Gaza, the Jewish community in south Texas and the United States experienced an unprecedented increase in antisemitic incidents. ADL (the Anti-Defamation League) released the 2023 Audit of Antisemitic Incidents today and the data is staggering. ADL Southwest recorded

Colleges are Failing to Fight Antisemitism on Their Campuses

In a time of incredible volatility on college campuses, ADL’s Campus Antisemitism Report CardTM is a new comprehensive tool that evaluates antisemitism on college and university campuses. Find out how schools are responding to and combatting antisemitism and protecting Jewish students.

2023 Beau and Abe Merfish No Place for Hate® Youth Summit Brings Students Together to Learn About and Celebrate Neurodiversity

On November 2, more than 260 students from 11 Houston-area No Place for Hate® schools met at the flagship location of the Houston Public Library in downtown Houston to celebrate neurodiversity at ADL’s (Anti-Defamation League’s) 2023 Beau and Abe Merfish No Place for Hate® Youth Summit.  This year’s Summit, entitled “Welcoming Differences,” focused on middle school students and educators, and was

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Antisemitic Incidents Increase 45% in Southern Region of Texas in 2023

Driven in part by a massive spike in antisemitic incidents after the Oct. 7 massacre in Israel and the ongoing war in Gaza, the Jewish community in south Texas and the United States experienced an unprecedented increase in antisemitic incidents. ADL (the Anti-Defamation League) released the 2023 Audit of Antisemitic Incidents today and the data is staggering. ADL Southwest recorded

Coalition for Mutual Respect Statement Regarding Firebombing of Huyen Trang Buddhist Meditation Centre in New Caney, Texas

The Coalition for Mutual Respect (CMR) was established by the ADL nearly 30 years ago with founding members the Reverend William A. Lawson, the late Archbishop Joseph A. Fiorenza and Rabbi Samuel E. Karff, of blessed memory, along with community leaders, including the late Jack Blanton and Richard Johnson. The CMR has grown and currently consists of 38 spiritual and

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Regional Director Mark Toubin Speaks to Bellaire High School Student Union

ADL Southwest Regional Director Mark B. Toubin spoke to members of Bellaire High School’s Jewish Student Union May 16.  He listened as students told him about challenges they face in school, and shared ADL resources with them. The students and their advisor, Rabbi Nati Stern, appreciated having a representative of ADL to talk to and the resources Mark shared.  Rabbi

AAPI and Jewish Communities Deepen Ties at Kenny and Ziggy’s

Forty members of Houston’s Asian American and Pacific Islander community, and Houston’s Jewish community gathered at Kenny and Ziggy’s New York Delicatessen May 29 to break bread together, learn more about each other, and celebrate Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander Heritage month and Jewish American Heritage Month. Participants enjoyed tasty deli food, discussed their heritages and how that