The Lone Soldier & The Intellectual Iron Dome – January 28/29, 2024
If you missed the heartwarming and informative presentation on Sunday, January 28th by Ach Gadol – please click on the video below to view it. Their work with our students is at the beginning of the recording, their presentation to our congregants begins at minute 26.
Below please find additional information and resources to help you build your Intellectual Iron Dome and fight antisemitism.
Step 1: Determining if you are a victim of a Hate Crime, Discrimination or Bias Incident
Bias Incident is any hostile act based on a protected class. Jews are part of a protected class. Hate Speech is a form of bias incident but is not a crime by itself unless in a context of discrimination or a crime. It may be protected under the First Amendment.
Discrimination is when someone treats you differently, unfairly or worse because of bias based on a protected class. Not just words. There are implications.
Hate Crime is a crime motivated by bias against a protected class.
Step 2: Determining my legal rights
We have Federal, State, Local and agency laws and regulations that deal with Discrimination and Hate Crimes. Also, companies are obligated to have policies that prohibit discrimination against employees, customers, etc. If you are a victim of discrimination, reporting to that company under their policy may be your best option. For example, if your Uber driver refused to take you because you are Jewish, you should report that to Uber.
Here is the reporting info for Uber:
Reporting for riders
- Click on the Help menu
- Select Help with a trip
- Choose the trip that you wish to report
- Select Report Safety Issue
- Select I was discriminated against by my driver
- Provide a detailed explanation of your experience and tap Submit when you’re ready to submit your report
- You can also submit a report through help.uber.com and through the Safety Toolkit in your app
Similar steps should be taken if you encounter discrimination by any company.
For egregious cases, litigation may be an option.
Hate crimes are handled by law enforcement (e.g. FBI, State and Local police).
Discrimination is handled by agencies and/or company policies. The context will determine the best way to report. For example, if the discrimination is from college, you can report that to your college DEI office. If it is egregious, you may want to consult legal counsel for the possibility of litigation.
1. Engage effectively in the marketplace of ideas.
- Know your facts and perspective
- Learn how to spot and refute lies
- Speak effectively knowing that your audience may not be your adversary but the bystanders listening
2. Know when the idea crosses into an unlawful discrimination or a hate crime.
- Know the difference between hate speech, discrimination and a hate crime.
- Know the avenues of recourse (see chart below)
|Hate Speech - Bias Incident
|Report to company or agency
|Report to law enforcement
- Via Social Media (#StopAntisemitismNow.org)
- Pull back donations and spending from those orgs that are not aligned with your values
- Donate and buy from those that do.
Organizations you can reach out to for additional help
Welcoming The Ushpizin and The Stranger Into Our Sukkahs – October 13, 2022
When a stranger dwells among you in your land, you are not to maltreat him. The stranger who dwells with you shall be like a native among you; you shall love him like yourself, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt: I am the Lord your God. (Leviticus 19: 33-34)
Rabbi Sarah Bassin serves as the Director of Clergy and Congregations for HIAS where she helps connect synagogues and their spiritual leaders to the work of aiding and advocating for refugees and asylum seekers. Prior to this role, she was the associate rabbi at Temple Emanuel of Beverly Hills where she drove congregation-based justice work.
She is the founding executive director of NewGround: A Muslim-Jewish Partnership for Change where she built minority-based coalitions. Under her leadership, NewGround was named one of the 50 most innovative Jewish organizations in the United States by Slingshot Guide and was recognized by Governor Jerry Brown of California as the state’s faith-based organization of the year in 2013. She now serves on the boards of NewGround and UpStart — a national organization that has helped over 100 innovative Jewish nonprofits launch or scale up. She also serves on the advisory boards of the New Israel Fund, Hand in Hand Schools, the Jewish Center for Justice, and Tivnu: Building Justice.
Rabbi Bassin has built an expertise in interfaith civilian diplomacy, traveling with elite delegations of faith and political leaders to England, France, Germany, Qatar, Azerbaijan, and Iran. She was named a fellow of Security and Religious Freedom at the UCLA Burkle Center for International Relations.
Temple Beth Sholom’s Social Action Committee, Sisterhood and Men’s Club are partnering with Upholding Humanity a local interfaith coalition to assist Ukrainian Refugees that are fleeing from the carnage in their country to settle in our area. Please help if you can. Every donation makes a difference!
Fortifying Our Flimsy Sukkahs Against the Swirling Winds of Hate – September 23, 2021
Danielle Silas, Primary Hate Crime Felony Assistant in the Nassau County District Attorney’s Office, will discuss her personal and professional work to battle the rise of hatred, including the rise of Anti-Semitism that is occurring throughout our country and the world.
Congressman Tom Suozzi – May 2, 2021
Congressman Tom Suozzi speaks about the immigration crisis and what Washington can do about it.
Refugee Shabbat – April 9, 10, 11, 2021
The Resettled (link): Tzu Chi USA 360 Production
Out of the Fire, (Personal; documentary film (link):
Reel Lives Films Production
Writer, Director, Producer: 2011
Refugee Kids: One Small School Takes On the World (link):
IRC/Other Islands Films
Appearance (Password: metamorphosis)
Student Arts and Essay Contest
Zioness: Celebrating Black History
Every February since 1926, our country has celebrated the achievements of African Americans and their contributions to our American story.
Did you know Black History Month was not always a month?
Pastor Jesse Moorland and Dr. Carter Woodson, like many Black Americans, were disappointed and frustrated at the erasure of Black Americans and their contributions to society in historical texts. Together they founded the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History to promote the study of Black history and commemorate the achievements of Black Americans. In 1926, this vision expanded into “Negro History Week” to be celebrated during the second week of February, to honor the birthdays of two pioneers of civil rights history: Abraham Lincoln (February 12) and Frederick Douglass (February 14).
Schools began studying more Black history, and Black history clubs started forming all across the country. This laid the groundwork for the White House to nationally recognize and elevate the week into Black History Month.
Though Black History Month takes place in February, we have the responsibility to know and celebrate the voices and history of Black Americans every day of the year. For the next four weeks, Zioness will be posting historical figures and facts, and celebrating Black history with various virtual events. We encourage you to join us, to read and share these posts, learn more, and amplify Black voices––not just in February, but year-round, in all areas of your life and work.
Socially Just, Unapologetically Zionist
Temple Beth Sholom of Roslyn Heights was proud to host Zioness founder Amanda Berman on January 25, 2021. Amanda presented on the question of how we can stand proudly in social justice spaces as Jews and Zionists. Until she recently made the transition to focusing exclusively on building the much-needed Zioness community, Amanda was a civil rights attorney fighting anti-Semitism legally, spearheading such groundbreaking initiatives as the international action against Kuwait Airways for its discrimination against Israeli nationals, and the dual cases against San Francisco State University for its constitutional and civil rights violations against Jewish and Israeli students and community members. Zioness is a proud voice supporting the Jewish community’s right to advocate for its safety and well-being even as it works to create a more just world for all people.
For those that could not attend, you can access the recording by clicking HERE.
The Hineini Initiative
As part of our Hineini Initiative, Pastor Victor Lewis of Friendship Baptist Church of Roslyn joined us for a program entitled Children of One God. You can access the recording of the evening by clicking HERE.
The Words of My Father: Love and Pain in Palestine
In partnership with Sisterhood and the Sid Jacobson JCC, Yousef Bashir author of The Words of My Father: Love and Pain in Palestine – virtually joined the TBS community for an Author Talk. The evening highlighted Mr. Bashir, a Palestinian Peace Activist and his memoir.
For those that could not attend, you can access the recording by clicking HERE.