ADL’s Words to Action program is designed to provide youth, family members, and communities the opportunity to increase their understanding and ability to address anti-Semitism and anti-Israel bias that crosses the line. Programs are customized to meet the needs of various audiences and educational environments.
Programs will help participants:
- confront insensitive or hateful comments
- challenge anti-Semitic myths with facts
- explore the history of anti-Semitism, and how it relates to contemporary anti-Semitic incidents
- increase understanding of pro-Israel and anti-Israel activism on college campuses
- develop a variety of strategies, both short and long-term, to respond to anti-Semitism
*specialized topics are also available*
Words to Action workshops are a minimum of 90 minutes, or up to 4 hours long. Or, workshops can be offered in multiple 60-minute sessions.
Words to Action – Campus Curriculum
Today, as traditional anti-Semitism continues, many college students also face another form of anti-Semitism – that which is fueled by anti-Israel sentiment. High profile academics, charismatic speakers, and influential student leaders have presented the Israeli-Palestinian situation in a one-sided manner, blaming the conflict solely on Israel and largely ignoring Palestinian terrorism and violence.
While the State of Israel is subject to critique just like any other government in the world, the criticisms against Israel often take a much harsher tone. Sometimes, this blatantly anti-Israel rhetoric even crosses the line into anti-Semitism. The Words to Action – Campus program is an opportunity for high school and college students to discuss these issues and develop strategies to address them using ADL’s wide range of resources and case studies.
Words to Action – Campus workshops are ideal for:
- High school students and/or educators
- Student groups on campus
- College/University administrators, faculty and staff
- Summer camp counselors
Words to Action – Community Curriculum
Words to Action – Community is designed for middle school students and often includes adult family and community members as well. The interactive workshop focuses on understanding anti-Semitism and the various ways it can manifest at school or in the community. Participants explore the origins of traditional anti-Semitic myths and stereotypes and utilize role-playing activities to practice responding to realistic scenarios of anti-Semitism.
Words to Action – Community workshops are ideal for:
- Youth Groups
- Summer Camp Participants
*all programs may include adult family members
The cost of a 90-minute or longer Words to Action workshop in your school or community is $200.
For more information about Words to Action, please contact Stephanie Merkrebs, Director of Campus Affairs & Special Projects, at Smerkrebs@adl.org or 212.885.7736