Fight Anti-Semitism with BZD

As many, if not all of you know, anti-Semitism is on the rise throughout the world; the hatred seems to be growing each and every day. Underneath every BZD event, program and trip, we are fighting against this hatred by pulling our community together in hopes to build a future that allows all Jews to live peacefully. In addition, helping to build a strong foundation for all Jews to feel proud of their heritage, and of the state of Israel.

BZD takes pride in acting as a voice for the Baltimore Jewish community, with nearly 100,000 Jews, Baltimore has one of the highest-ranking Jewish populations in the country. Therefore, your donations will serve as one big check from Baltimore to the fight against anti-Semitism.

Without firstly educating our own Jewish community, and connecting them to the state of Israel we cannot expect the world to be educated on who we are, and to receive true facts.

In many cases, it is not enough to just grow up with Judaism as the religion you were born into enough to fight for it when it is threatened; for many, the extent to which they associate themselves with Judaism and Israel stops whenever and wherever their connection to it was severed. This is where BZD comes in; to provide moments in time for our community to connect, and fall more in love with our homeland and our Judaism.

We ask you to team up with BZD and allow us to continue instilling the necessary components of bringing our community together and educating them, while also showing the world that what comes with having one of the biggest populations of Jews in the country, means we show up and we act.


 

United Against Antisemitism 


BZD has created a Facebook group dedicated to spreading awareness about antisemitism around the world and combating the hatred. We hope you will request to join this group, and be a part of the fight as we unite as one. 

*All members must answer two questions and agree to the group rules/terms upon approval of their membership. 

IHRA International Anti-Semitism Definition

As Adopted in 2016. 34 member countries comprise the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance.

Our campaign’s pledge draws upon the IHRA international definition of anti-Semitism and its list of specific behaviors used to discriminate against the Jewish people and the Jewish State of Israel. Some of these behaviors include:

  • Accusing Jewish citizens of being more loyal to Israel, or to the alleged priorities of Jews worldwide, than to the interest of their own nations;

  • Accusing the Jews as a people, or Israel as a State, of inventing or exaggerating the Holocaust;

  • Drawing comparisons of contemporary Israeli policy to that of the Nazis;

  • Denying the Jewish people their right to self-determination, e.g., by claiming that the existence of a State of Israel is a racist endeavor;

  • Applying double standards by requiring of Israel a behavior not expected or demanded of any other democratic nation.

Countries Formally Accepting the IHRA Definition​

Albania

Argentina

Austria

Bahrain

Belgium

Bulgaria

Canada

Cyprus

Czech Republic

France

Germany

Greece

Hungary

Israel

Italy

Kosovo

Lithuania

Luxembourg

Netherlands

Republic of Moldova

Republic of North Macedonia

Romania

Scotland

Serbia

Slovakia

Slovenia

Spain

Sweden

United Kingdom

United States of America

Uruguay

Some of the other Entities Formally Accepting the IHRA Definition

Bal Harbour, FL

Chelsea Football Club

Church in Wales

Church of England

Church of Scotland

Conservative Party

European Parliament

European Youth Forum

French National Assembly

George Washington University-
Student Association

Greater Manchester Combined Authority Wales

Greek Ministry of Education, Research
and Religious Affairs

King’s College London

University of Buenos Aires

Argentine Football Association

Cambridgeshire County Council

Labour Party (England)

National Union of Students of the United Kingdom

National University of Cuyo

Organization of American States

Stanford University Student Association

The Liberal Democrats (Britain)

The London Assembly / City of London

United States Commission on Civil Rights

University of Bristol

University of California Santa Barbara Student Association

West Ham United

Western Washington University

Worcester, England

Borussia Dortmund FC

King Hamad Global Center for Peaceful Coexistance

University of Warwick

Speaking Out Against Anti-Semitism 

“All of America is in mourning over the mass murder of Jewish Americans at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh. We pray for those who perished and their loved ones, and our hearts go out to the brave police officers who sustained serious injuries. This evil Anti-Semitic attack is an assault on humanity. It will take all of us working together to extract the poison of Anti-Semitism from our world. We must unite to conquer hate.”

“The anti-Semitic threats targeting our Jewish community and community centers are horrible and are painful and a very sad reminder of the work that still must be done to root out hate and prejudice and evil.”

Donald Trump, 45th President of the United States

We have always had a certain amount of anti-Semitism among us,” Merkel said in the interview. “Unfortunately there is to this day not a single synagogue, not a single day care center for Jewish children, not a single school for Jewish children that does not need to be guarded by German policemen. Unfortunately over the years we have not been able to deal with this satisfactorily…but we have to face up indeed to the specters of the past.”

“There are two urgent questions that we need to answer. First, what did we really learn from the Shoah, this rupture of civilization? And second to the first question: Are our democratic institutions sufficiently strong so that an increase of anti-Semitism, or even if a majority presents anti-Semitism, it can be prevented in the future?”

“If today, 80 years after these pogroms and 70 years after the formation of the Federal Republic of Germany, we look at the situation, we see an ambiguous picture: There is flourishing life, Jewish life, an unexpected gift after the Shoah.”

“But at the same time we see a worrying anti-Semitism. Which means Jewish life in this country, and in other places considered safe havens for the world, is threatened. This anti-Semitism has increasingly erupted into incitement of violence online and in public places.”

Angela Merkel, Chancellor of Germany

“We have understood, with horror, that anti-Semitism is still alive. And on this issue our response must be unforgiving. France would not be itself if Jewish citizens had to leave because they were afraid.”

“We will never surrender to the message of hate, we will not surrender to anti-Zionism because it is a reinvention of anti-Semitism”

Emanuel Macron, President of France

Zero tolerance: A Panel Discussion on Antisemitism

On February 13th, 2020, the Baltimore Zionist District (BZD) held a panel discussion about the rise of antisemitism in the world today.

Thank you to Chizuk Amuno Congregation for hosting this important discussion.

The panelists included:


Bryan Leib: National Director, Americans Against Antisemitism

 Sarah Stern: Founder and President, EMET - Endowment for Middle East Truth


Daniel West Cohen: Director of Partnerships, Combat AntiSemitism


Rebecca Harary: Founder and President, Casepac

MEET THE PANEL:

Thank you for fighting with us.

This year, BZD participated in Facebook's annual #GivingTuesday. We chose to dedicate our donations straight into the fight for combatting antisemitism.

Watch below as BZD Marketing & Communications Coordinator, Arielle Ashpes and Executive Director, Caren Leven talk about the importance of being aware of the rise in antisemitism around the world, 

and how we must unite to fight it. 

Watch BZD past Marketing & Communications Coordinator, Arielle, talk about the fight. 

Watch BZD Executive Director, Caren, talk about the fight. 

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The Baltimore Zionist District (BZD) exists for the sole purpose of nurturing the bonds between Baltimore and the State of Israel.  

Baltimore Zionist District (BZD) uses its direct Israeli connection as a home base for the creation of cultural and political programs and educational activities which deal with all aspects of Zionism and modern Israeli life. BZD works with and reaches out to Baltimore’s Jews across the religious and cultural spectrum and the greater Baltimore community.

 
 

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