“Strength in Numbers: What Our Interfaith Community Can Do, “

3 Part Series on Antisemitism

Please join us for the third session on antisemitism, next Thursday, November 17, 7:00-8:30 pm, at St. Hilary’s Catholic Church, 2750 W. Market, Fairlawn. The program will also be in person and livestreamed at https://bit.ly/akron-aaic-youtube

Previous sessions can also be viewed by using this link

“Strength in Numbers: What Our Interfaith Community Can Do, ” will consist of a panel discussion of how all of Akron can stand with our Jewish neighbors to help assuage their fears of facing these trends alone, to let them know that they are not alone. Local religious leaders will offer their understanding of Akron’s needs and resources.

“In January of 2022, the Rabbi and several members of a synagogue in Houston, Texas, were taken hostage during sabbath services. In the end, the hostages were safely released. But, the incident itself could be seen as 2022 picking up right where 2021 ended, which was as the year with the highest annual number of antisemitic incidents ever recorded by the Anti-Defamation League (ADL).

In 2021, ADL tabulated 2717 antisemitic incidents across the US. This represents a 34% increase from the incidents recorded in 2020 and is the highest number on record since the ADL began tracking antisemitic incidents in 1979. How does it fit into the historical picture of hate directed at Jews? What can we do, as a multifaith community, to assist our Jewish neighbors right here in Akron?

Those are questions that the Akron Area Interfaith Council aims to take up in a proposed three-part series on anti-Semitism, both nationwide and here in Akron.”
(Rev Dr. Thomas Bodie, Forum Chair AAIC)

Panelists are :

Daniel Blain, CEO of the Jewish Community Board of Akron

Pastor Nanette Pitt, Pastor of the First Congregational Church, Akro

Sr Joanne Caniglia, Professor, Kent State University, Dominican Sister of Peace

Pastor Darin Brake, Pastor The House of the Lord

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