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The JCRC has embarked on a major grassroots Israel education campaign designed to create broad awareness of the growing anti-Israel and anti-Semitic movement on college campuses and elsewhere. This is the continuation of the project begun last year aimed at counteracting the movement called BDS (boycott, divestment and sanctions against Israel) promoted by Palestinian groups and their allies.
JCRC is distributing a special five video series produced by Jerusalem Online University called “Step Up for Israel” to synagogues, Jewish organizations and clubs. Each video presents a different topic, which is followed by a guided discussion. The first video and discussion is entitled “Crossing the Line” and focuses on the growing anti-Israel sentiments on college campuses. The second video presents Israel as a country that values freedom, education, family and responsibility and shows how Israel has contributed to the world through technology, media and other accomplishments. The third one presents Israel as a democratic nation that epitomizes Western values. Other videos examine the events that led to the establishment of the State of Israel in the War of Independence (1948) and teach effective tools for speaking on Israel’s behalf and countering adverse claims made against Israel.
Temple Israel, Temple Beth El, the JCC of the Greater Palm Beaches, Temple Beth David, Palm Beach Orthodox, Temple Emanu-El, Hadassah and The Valencia Isles community have signed up for the program. The series will also be shown to the Jewish Teen Initiative and to local Hillel Students. JCRC is planning a major luncheon to screen part of the program to non-Jewish leaders. More organizations and groups are expected to join. The program is at no cost to the synagogues or organizations. Contact (561) 242-6671 or JCRC@JewishPalmBeach.org for additional information.