Why Now?

In 2021, the U.S. experienced a disturbing upwards trend in incidents of antisemitism and efforts to delegitimize Israel. According to the American Jewish Committee’s report, The State of Antisemitism in America 2021, 41% of Americans witnessed an antisemitic incident in the past year, and 4 in 10 American Jews changed their behavior out of fear of antisemitism. 


While Jews make up barely 2% of the U.S. population, the FBI’s 2020 hate crime statistics showed that crimes targeting Jews comprised 54.9% of all religious bias crimes.


Incidents of antisemitism reported directly to the Federation in 2021 more than tripled from prior years, but since hate crimes are historically underreported, we know that the actual number of antisemitic incidents is much higher.

Mission

The Jewish Federation of Greater Charlotte is committed to putting an end to antisemitism and anti-Israel hatred by educating, strengthening, and uniting the local community through our Outshine Hate initiative. 

Why Federation is Invested:

As an organization committed to creating, sustaining, and safeguarding a flourishing and vibrant Jewish community, Federation witnesses firsthand how this uptick in antisemitism and anti-Israel hatred impacts the local Charlotte Jewish community. 


We must act now to combat this rise in hate happening in our own backyard. 

The Plan

Together with our partner agencies and community institutions, Federation seeks to address the need in the Charlotte Jewish community to identify and confront antisemitism and anti-Israel bias.


As Federation looks ahead to engaging key audiences like educators and the next generation, we are organizing and executing new programming and training based on five core areas of focus: Institutional and Communal Change, Educator Training and Professional Development, Community Education, Security, and Israel Travel and Exchanges. 


We are in this together as a Jewish community, and we want to ensure that moving forward no one has to face these issues alone.  

The Working Definition of Antisemitism:

Jewish  Federations embrace the  International Holocaust  Remembrance  Alliance  (IHRA) working definition of antisemitism. To explain the benefits of the definition, what it does and does not do, and other pertinent information, we put together a collection of resources, written by our partner organizations.

 

The International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) working definition of antisemitism has become a widely used definition of antisemitism across the world since its adoption by 31 IHRA member countries in 2016.

 

Israel Action Network (IAN) FAQ About IHRA

 

Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA) Antisemitism and IHRA Backgrounder

 

AJC’s IHRA Definition Booklet

 

EU Handbook for the IHRA working Definition of Antisemitism

Report an Antisemitic Incident

Have you experienced or observed an incident of antisemitism, extremism, bias, bigotry or hate?

 

Federation and the Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC), have partnered with ADL to track and monitor incidents of antisemitism in greater Charlotte area. Reporting these incidents allows us to better identify any trends and educate law enforcement partners, elected officials, and faith partners while advocating for stronger protections from incidents and crimes. Furthermore, reporting an incident empowers every member of our community to feel that what they are experiencing is not going to go unnoticed.

 

Together we will track and combat these incidents as we learn about them.

To report an incident contact Tair Giudice at tair.giudice@jewishcharlotte.org or fill out this form on ADL’s website and Federation’s JCRC will be notified. Any personal information provided will be kept strictly confidential.

Resources

Antisemitism comes in many forms and is identified differently. Start by taking some time to learn what it is and how you can identify it.
 

Creating Space for Conversation and Questions

Learning about antisemitism

 

Anti-Israel, Anti-Zionism and Antisemitism

Criticism of Israel or of the policies of the Israeli government is not automatically antisemitic. However, often times anti-Israel animus can become a form of antisemitism, separate and apart from criticism of Israel.

Is anti-Zionism the same as antisemitism? (OpenDor Media)

What Is… Anti-Israel, Anti-Semitic, Anti-Zionist? (ADL)

8 Ways Some Anti-Israel Protests Have Spread Antisemitism (AJC)

Anti BDS Toolkit (IAN)

The New Antisemitism and the Three Ds (Echoes & Reflections)

Ways to Take Action

Urge Congress to Double Funding for Nonprofit Security Grant
The Nonprofit Security Grant Program has been an important tool to help secure Jewish and other communities that face regular threats to their safety and well-being.