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Lunch and Learn: Antisemitism – Historical Overview and Current Challenges

December 6, 2022 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Join JCRC’s Sami Rahamim and Laura Zelle at ModernWell for an overview of antisemitism and calls-to-action for addressing this hate. Laura and Sami will discuss old myths in a new era with historical context, fact-based descriptions of prevalent antisemitic myths, and contemporary examples of the perpetuation of antisemitic rhetoric permeating in society.

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Laura Zelle is Director of Holocaust Education at the JCRC where she has been on staff since 2005. Laura oversees operations of Holocaust Education programs and has been responsible for the vision and creation of numerous educational resources. Laura’s commitment to Holocaust education is evident in the work she has done to ensure that the local Holocaust survivor community’s stories and lessons are preserved. She presided over the creation of award-winning short documentaries about Minnesota Holocaust survivors, including her own family’s film, “In the Shadow of the Acropolis”. Two of her films received Telly awards, and she has produced a total of five films, co-edited the 25th anniversary edition of the book “Witnesses to the Holocaust” and has been published in an anthology entitled “White Teachers Diverse Classrooms.”

Laura’s creativity and dedication to anti-bias education is apparent in her latest project, where she became the project manager for the Smithsonian Institution’s traveling exhibition called “The Bias Inside Us” which is a four year traveling exhibition.

Sami Rahamim was born and raised in St. Louis Park, MN, and joined the JCRC staff in May 2018. Sami directs communications and leads casework response to antisemitic incidents in schools and workplaces. He also speaks to audiences of all kinds about Judaism, Israel, antisemitism, and his family’s experience with gun violence.


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