Wednesday talk to address anti-Semitism

  • The Episcopal Church of Saints James and Andrew is hosting “Jews and Allies,” a talk organized by the Interfaith Council of Franklin County. STAFF FILE PHOTO/DAN LITTLE

Staff Writer
Published: 10/14/2019 5:58:14 PM

GREENFIELD — Anti-Semitism has been used for centuries to separate groups of people from each other, and continues to derail social justice work, according to organizers of an upcoming workshop on the topic.

The Interfaith Council of Franklin County will present “Jews and Allies” Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. at the Episcopal Church of Saints James and Andrew, 8 Church St.

Organizers of the event say the mechanism of dividing people continues to keep people from coming together to effectively challenge and change an oppressive system.

In Wednesday’s interactive workshop, Jews and allies will learn to recognize and counteract anti-Semitism. Participants will explore the roots of it, why it is so confusing and hard to talk about, and what it means to be an ally.

Facilitating the event will be Amy Leos-Urbel, who leads classes and workshops on anti-Semitism, classism, sexism, racism and other forms of oppression. She has worked with youth and families in a variety of settings and recently retired as director of educational programs at the National Yiddish Book Center. She also co-authored “Anti-Semitism: Why Is It Everyone’s Concern?”

Joining Leos-Urbel is Betsy L. Ames, who leads groups to help people free themselves from the effects of oppression. She is an ally in the work on ending anti-Semitism.

Both women are members of Jews and Allies United to End Anti-Semitism.

There will be a potluck dinner at 5:30 p.m., with the program beginning at 6:15. The workshop is open to the public.

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