ADL’s (the Anti-Defamation League’s) Southwest Region has created an immediate response to growing antisemitism and extremism with its C.E.A.S.E. campaign, launching in June 2021.
C.E.A.S.E. stands for Combating Extremism and Antisemitism Everywhere, something that is needed desperately to counteract the growing number of antisemitic incidents. Recent ADL surveys found that antisemitic incidents in the U.S. more than doubled in May 2021 over May 2020, and 60 percent of Jews in American have witnessed behavior or comments they deem antisemitic as a result of the May 2021 violence between Hamas and Israel.
“There is no better time to work together to make this overt antisemitism cease, “ says ADL Southwest Regional Director Mark B. Toubin, “but ADL can’t do it alone.
That’s why the last letter in the acronym Combating Extremism and Antisemitism Everywhere is so important,” he explained. “You can’t just fight hate by yourself and you can’t fight it in just one spot. Everyone must fight it everywhere.”
ADL’s Southwest Region is seeking community partners, individuals and organizations to stand with the agency in a united front against extremist and antisemitic hate. Community partners don’t pay a fee, but there are some requirements. They must commit to:
- Report incidents at adl.org/reportincident
- Attend ADL webinars and seminars
- Participate in trainings such as Words to Action: Standing up Against Antisemitism; BINAH: Building insights to Navigate Antisemitism and Hate; and Hate Incidents, Hate Crimes, and How To Recognize and Respond
Community partners also should utilize ADL resources, including family “table talk” discussions and lesson plans, survey reports and blogs, updates on ADL’s plans to confront extremism and engage in advocacy opportunities.
The C.E.A.S.E. initiative is generously underwritten by the Edith and Sidney Goldensohn Fund for the Future of the Southwest Region. For more information, contact Goldensohn Fellow Lisa Stone at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To register for C.E.A.S.E., click here.