Josia Nakash
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UNESCO antisemitism conference can promote Jewish unity

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Posted by The Egotist on Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has accepted an invitation from new UNESCO chief Audrey Azoulay to participate in a New York conference next month on combating anti-Semitism, according to a report Tuesday.  The conference, to be held as part of  September’s General Assembly meeting, will be the first of its kind and is expected to host leaders including German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Emmanuel Macron, and UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres.  (Times of Israel)

As part of UNESCO’s Sustainable Development Goals, they have compiled a comprehensive 2018 booklet along with the OSCE (Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe) and ODHIR ( Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights) called, Addressing Anti-Semitism through Education: Guidelines for Policymakers. The main chapters include, Understanding Anti-Semitism, Preventing Anti-Semitism Through Education: Guiding Principles, How To Educate Students About Anti-Semitism, and Addressing Manifestations of Anti-Semitism. This new publication was based on earlier educational guidelines, “Addressing Anti-Semitism: Why and How? A Guide for Educators”, developed in 2007 by ODIHR and the International School for Holocaust Studies of Yad Vashem in Israel.

The 73rd United Nations General Assembly meeting is scheduled to take place in New York next month, between September 25-28, where the Israeli Ambassador to the UN Danny Danon will launch an online campaign against anti-Semitism, in which world leaders and ambassadors will be photographed alongside displayed slogans against anti-Semitism. (YNET News)


I have been attending anti-Semitism conferences of this nature for a few years now. In 2015, I interviewed two great leaders of the Jewish community, Malcolm Hoenlein and Ariel Muzicant, at the 5th Global Forum for Combating Antisemitism.  We also spoke to Professor Wistrich, one of the top anti-Semitism experts in the world, a few days before his untimely death. Professor Wistrich brought up some very valid points about returning to the core message of Judaism. He talked about there being a “secret” that we all know about and agree with, the messages that already existed throughout all the generations. How we already have a foundation in place for dictating everything about our existence in Israel. That we need to begin dealing with how we relate to each other, learning to treat one another with consideration and as fellow humans, and later on as “brothers” with a common destiny.

In the final speech of his life Professor Wistrich delivered a very emotional keynote about anti-Semitism at the 5th Global Forum for Combating Antisemitism.  “… the core Jewish values, the Jewish vocation, the Jewish raison d’être, to be in this land and to fulfill what has already begun, which is the era of Jewish empowerment. We have to fulfill that and we still have a long way to go. But one day we will be, I know, a light unto the nations.”

As the years go by, there are many more anti-Semitism conferences, and statistics about acts of hate and racism toward Jews are constantly on the rise.  And yet, most Jewish people remain indifferent to this approaching danger.

The most effective thing we have for combating escalating antisemitism in Europe, and the US, is a method to promote Jewish unity.  If we go back and delve into our past, we will see very clearly that the core Jewish values of brotherhood and love, must be shared with the world. If we researched this issue properly, we would see how our entire vocation is based on teaching the world the method of connection.

Millennial author Jesse Bogner of New York, who has been living in Israel for three years, has been teaching the method of connection with great success to young American and European adults visiting here in Israel on various programs. He was recently quoted in an interview, “The reason (for that) is we’ve lost touch with the spiritual root of our problems, which is a fundamental lack of relationships between people and the core connection we have—the opportunity to resolve problems by overcoming our differences.”

Throughout the history of the Jewish people, our strength was always in the connection between us:

The only shield against calamity is love and unity, and when love, unity and friendship between one another exist in Israel, there is no calamity can befall them.

(Maor vaShemesh, Rabbi Kalman Halevi)

In the clip featured here, we conducted connection workshops with young Jewish adults about what Israel meant to them, and how that is connected to anti-Semitism.  Going around the circle participants answer the questions one by one, according to the special rules of the workshop. These include only speaking when holding the speaking object, trying not to judge others, to only contribute positively to the center of the circle, and speak briefly.  In addition to connection games we play to warm up the participants, the following are samples of questions that were answered in the circle:

  1. Please share one thing about Israel which is especially beautiful of emotional for us. It can be a specific location in Israel, a story I was told, something that happened here, anything that I feel a connection with.
  2. What does being in Israel mean to me? What, especially, made me decide to come here?
  3. What kind of Israel would I most like to see?
  4. If we look at nature, we see that nothing exists without purpose. Everything in nature exists to create balance. Everything has a role. Do you think Israel, or the Jewish people, have a specific role to play as well? If so, what is it?

You can read more about the power of connection circles here and here.

If you want to see how people really feel when participating in the connection circles please watch this clip from an event with Americans living in Florence, Italy.

About the Author
Josia Nakash made Aliya from Canada at the age of 12 on a 28-foot Cape Dory sailboat. She loves sharing all the good Israel has to offer the world. Josia has a BA in International Relations and Political Science. She was the IDF's second female sniper instructor and is a top marketing consultant and copywriter.
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