CRConnect Section

Each month, CRConnect will provide information addressing difficult questions we may all get from time to time about Israel and antisemitism. This page is your resource guide with additional digital links.

ADL: Antisemitic incidents in U.S. increased by 34% in 2021

Last month, the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) released its annual Audit of Antisemitic Incidents, which reports that antisemitic incidents throughout the United States grew by 34%. The number of incidents in 2021 – 2,717, more than seven per day – is at the highest level since ADL began t…

Ben & Jerry’s boycott harms Palestinians

In July 2021, Ben & Jerry’s announced that it would stop selling ice cream in what it describes as the “Occupied Palestinian Territories,” also known as the West Bank. Ostensibly, the company’s decision was based upon its concept of social justice, claiming that selling in the West B…

Why is anti-Zionism antisemitic?

Matisyahu, a Jewish American singer, was scheduled to perform at a reggae festival in Spain. He was targeted by anti-Zionists who used a campaign of pressure, coercion and threats against the festival’s organizers. As a result, Matisyahu was asked to denounce Israel and express support for…

What is Federation doing to help combat antisemitism?

I want to share a short story about a recent experience at a dinner party with some Jewish friends. During the discussion, I mentioned my concern that 25% of Jewish voters surveyed by the Jewish Electoral Institute believe Israel is an apartheid state. One of the other guests responded by as…

The United Nations singles out Israel once again

As 2021 ended, the United Nations General Assembly once again singled out Israel differently from any other member nation. By a vote of 125 to 8 with 34 abstentions, the General Assembly established a permanent Commission of Inquiry (COI) through the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) to invest…