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JEWS & ALLIES UNITED TO END ANTI-SEMITISM

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WHO WE ARE

 

Jews and Allies United to End Anti-Semitism is a group of people of all ages and from many countries working together as Jews and non-Jews to end anti-Semitism. Our work is to raise awareness of the damage done to all human beings by anti-Semitism, to help people understand how anti-Semitism operates, and to learn to rid ourselves of anti-Semitic conditioning.  A key part of the project is to model that there are allies committed to ending anti-Semitism, and to join with others to make sure that anti-Semitism is included in all work done on oppression issues.

In particular, we recognize the importance of focusing on the intersection of anti-Semitism and racism and how Jewish people and non-Jewish people targeted by racism are often set up against each other.  We are committed to building strong, effective relationships and coalitions between Jews and people of all backgrounds, races, and religions.

Jews and Allies United to End Anti-Semitism is a project of the Re-evaluation Counseling Communities. Re-evaluation Counseling is a movement, the basic mode of which is Co-Counseling—two people taking turns listening to each other to help each other recover from the effects of hurtful experiences.

WHAT IS OUR WORK?

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We help Jews and non-Jewish allies

  • learn what anti-Semitism is;

  • understand when something is anti-Semitism—and when it's not;

  • interrupt anti-Semitism in our daily lives and recover from its effects;

  • reach for strong alliances between Jews and non-Jews;

  • support all other liberation movements and help them include anti-Semitism as a key issue in their liberation work;

  • work to end anti-Semitism alongside ending racism; and

  • commit to being strong allies for both the Israeli people and the Palestinian people, and work for Palestinian liberation.

Through our work, Jews and Allies United to End Anti-Semitism has developed new understandings about anti-Semitism and how it hurts all peoples. This includes the understanding that anti-Semitism is systematically used to divert the attention of many groups from the work of ending oppression, and that anti-Semitism is also unintentionally internalized by Jews. Internalized anti-Semitism damages relationships among Jews and makes the work of ending anti-Semitism more difficult.

Jews and Allies United to End Anti-Semitism offers tools of mutual support—including workshops, support groups, and listening pairs—to help people work on anti-Semitism and internalized anti-Semitism. By using these tools, people free themselves from the harmful effects of anti-Semitism and can join more effectively with others to end anti-Semitism, racism, and all forms of oppression.

Note: We use the terms “anti-Semitism” and “anti-Jewish oppression” interchangeably. While the term anti-Semitism is less precise (there are also Semitic peoples who are not Jews), it is the term that has been widely used and understood to refer to the specific oppression directed against the Jewish people.