Confronting Antisemitism: Empowering Our Students & Ourselves


Antisemitism is on the rise around the world, from graffiti, hate speech, and social media attacks, to more violent crimes including physical assault and worse. Jewish tweens and teens are very aware of this growing hate and need proper support to help address the psychological and emotional impact on their personal lives and on their identities as Jews in the modern world. 

This series aims to equip teachers, communal professionals, and youth leaders in Jewish schools and programs with the knowledge, tools, and skills needed to address rising antisemitism with their students. 

Session 1: Finding Our Jewish Identities Amidst Rising Antisemitism
Session 2: The Roots of Antisemitism and its Modern Manifestations
Session 3: Strategies for Confronting Antisemitism, and the Impact of Doing So 
Session 4: Building Resilient Communities in the Face of Antisemitism

November Series – For Jewish Day School Educators
Schedule: November 3rd, 7th, 10th, and 14th @ 1:00 PM Eastern, 60 minutes long with an additional 15 minutes for Q&A.
Cost: $36*

*This series is FREE for educators from member schools. To check your school’s membership status, or to request your coupon code if you did not receive it, please write to 

This series will run multiple times and for multiple audiences over the course of the year. Winter dates for part-time school/informal Jewish educators coming soon!

If you are interested in partnering with us to bring this program to a group of 25 or more educators please write to us at

Series Facilitators:

This series is facilitated by members of The Lookstein Center staff.

Hyim Brandes

Hyim Brandes

Hyim Brandes works at the intersection of Jewish education and technology. He was the Founder and Executive Director of the Online Jewish Academy and taught Jewish history at deToledo High School. Hyim studied Jewish History at U.C. Berkeley, spent three years studying at Pardes, and was a Joshua Venture Group Fellow. At The Lookstein Center, Hyim serves as the Director of Technology and also develops and leads professional development in personalization, blended and 21st century learning, and Jewish history instruction.  
Naomi Schrager

Naomi Schrager

Naomi Schrager has worked as a Jewish studies teacher for two decades, and ultimately served as an Assistant Principal at Yavneh Academy of Dallas before making Aliyah to Israel. Naomi completed Yeshiva University's Graduate Program in Advanced Talmudic Studies while pursuing her Master's degree at Azrieli Graduate School of Education. She oversees course implementation and instruction at The Lookstein Center's online school, Lookstein Virtual Jewish Academy.

Shani Sicherman

Shani Sicherman

For more than a decade, Shani Sicherman has been teaching in a range of settings, creating engaging content, and training educators. She holds a BA in Special Education and Jewish History as well as a Teaching Certificate from Bar-Ilan University. Shani creates, curates, and manages the educational content on The Lookstein Center's website and social media channels, designs digital curricular materials for the Center's online school, Lookstein Virtual Jewish Academy, and runs varied PD trainings.