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Deltona synagogue partners with ADL to highlight anti-Semitism


Temple Shalom of Deltona President Bruce Bartel shares the first copy of "A Convenient Hatred: The History of Anti-Semitism" with congregational member Sharon Sherger.

When the Anti-Defamation League, marking its 100th anniversary, sought a partner to distribute its new book "A Convenient Hatred: The History of Anti-Semitism," in western Volusia County, they turned to Temple Shalom, the oldest congregation in the county's largest city.  The book, written by Phyllis Goldstein and published by the organization Facing History and Ourselves, covers the 2,500-year history of anti-Semitism through powerful stories that enable readers to understand the consequences of unchecked bigotry and to question assumptions and stereotypes about others. Facing History and Ourselves of Brookline, Mass., is an international educational and professional development organization whose mission is to engage students of diverse backgrounds in an examination of racism, prejudice and anti-Semitism. 

The Anti-Defamation League was founded in 1913 "to stop the defamation of the Jewish people and to secure justice and fair treatment to all." Now the nation's premier civil rights/human relations agency, ADL fights anti-Semitism and all forms of bigotry, defends democratic ideals and protects civil rights for all.

"As we begin our second century, our ability to educate and reach out to young people will be a critical asset in the fight against anti-Semitism," said Abraham H. Foxman, ADL national director. "We know that hatred is learned, and can be unlearned. By continuing to educate about the history of anti-Semitism, as well as its modern-day manifestations, we can continue to create change. We can ensure that the next generation of young people are not exposed to the hatred and bigotry heard by their parents and grandparents."

Temple Shalom of Deltona is an unaffiliated Reform congregation striving to perpetuate Jewish tradition and strengthen Jewish lives through lifelong learning, worship, social action and deeds of loving kindness.  By partnering with the Anti-Defamation League, the congregation hopes to engender an environment and culture for strengthening the Jewish lives of all Jews in the community while supporting victims of prejudice no matter where they are found. 

Copies of "A Convenient Hatred: The History of Anti-Semitism" are available at no charge, while supplies last, through Temple Shalom President Bruce Bartel at 386-668-9237.


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