Jewish Educational Leadership invites articles for the Fall 2021 issue focusing on:
Jewish Education Amidst Rising Antisemitism
European Jewry has had to contend with antisemitism for decades, but a confluence of factors both global and local has brought about a noticeable rise in documented antisemitic speech and acts in North America. Whether on university campuses, on the streets of major cities, or on social media, young Jews face a reality unlike anything Jews have experienced for half a century. This issue of the journal explores educational implications of this trend. We are looking for articles that will address questions that include, but are not limited to the following areas:
- To what extent does antisemitism impact on the preparedness of young Jews to publicly identify themselves as Jews and how will this impact on their internal Jewish identities? What role does shame play is suppressing Jewish identity?
- Perceived threats to individuals and groups trigger a “fight or flight” response. How can educational institutions marshal their resources – educational, psycho-social, communal, etc. –to help students navigate and take charge of those responses? How do these approaches differ at different ages and developmental stages?
- How can we teach Jewish students to take pride in their identity while avoiding the extremism which often accompanies self-assertion?
- Who should be involved in planning to bring the topic of antisemitism into our schools?
- With so much of antisemitism being expressed on social media, which affects people even in their more private and safe spaces, how can we teach our students to be critical consumers of social media? Can that same social media be harnessed to build positive self-image as Jews?
- How can schools and other educational institutions create an effective and unified response – including training teachers, communication with community and families, educational programming, and more?
- Can antisemitism be addressed as distinct from anti-Zionism, and what are the implications of separating them or addressing them as a single issue?
Articles should be 1000-2000 words in length, with no footnotes or academic references.
The journal is intended for teachers, educational leaders, and interested laypeople across a range of Jewish educational settings. Please send abstracts or queries for all submissions to the Editor-in-Chief by August 17, 2021.