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Statement by the Center for Jewish Studies on Antisemitism

Statement by the Center for Jewish Studies, University of Rochester on Recent Local and National Instances of Antisemitism

November 5, 2018

The Center for Jewish Studies at the University of Rochester is saddened by recent local and national instances of antisemitism, which culminated in the tragic violence against Jews engaged in worship at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh. We extend our deepest condolences to, and stand in sympathy with, the families of the victims. Since that act, numerous local instances of antisemitism at the U of R have come to our attention. As members of a program that studies Jewish history and culture, we see these attacks, both physical and on pamphlets, as intimately related to the history of violence against Jews and Judaism. As scholars, we remain committed to teaching about the cultural and religious heritage of Jews, and in particular to correcting the hateful rhetoric of antisemitism, racism, other forms of discrimination and violence.

Main Contacts:

Caleb Rood: Program Coordinator, Center for Jewish Studies; Administrative Assistant, Religion and Classics, 585.275.7780

Michela Andreatta: Program Coordinator, Jewish Studies Program; Assistant Professor of Hebrew, 585.275.7465

Aaron Hughes: Director, Center for Jewish Studies; Philip S. Bernstein Professor of Jewish Studies, 585.275.9359

Nora Rubel: Chair, Religion and Classics; Associate Professor of Religion, 585.275.7215

For additional information, contact the Department of Religion and Classics.