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I Loved a Jew, I Loved a Jew Not

Saturday, February 25, 7:30 p.m.
Beth Am of Los Altos Hills or
Sunday, February 26, 3:00 p.m.
Shir Hadash in Los Gatos
Stories of antisemitism and the strength to stand against it. The performance sold out most of its Southern California performances, with standing ovations! People raved: “A strong timely show,”  “I can’t praise it enough,” and “Beautifully, powerfully, and lovingly curated.” Please click here for more information and to buy tickets. You can buy a single ticket and learn about the whole season of shows here.

Join the Unity March in San Francisco

Sunday, March 3, 1:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Join us for the largest gathering of Northern California residents to stand in unity with the Jewish community and combat antisemitism by championing visible, self-assured, meaningful, robust Jewish identity. In response to escalating acts against the Jewish community, Jews and allies will gather for an unprecedented march to champion the values of inclusion, respect, belonging, and democracy – standing united against Antisemitism. Together, we will seek to foster understanding, connect diverse communities, and reinforce our commitment to a safe world, free from fear and prejudice. Details and Registration:

March is Israeli Apartheid Week

As March approaches, so does the 20th Israeli Apartheid Week (IAW). Join ACF in proactively contacting your alma mater to urge it to enforce its code of conduct for all students to ensure the safety of Jewish and Israeli students. As campus antisemitism skyrockets, IAW events only worsen the hostile climate for Jewish and pro-Israel students. Alumni and community members can ensure university leaders are aware of these events and take action to protect students by signing and sharing this ACF petition  More information about IAW is below as well as on ACF’s website and social media channels. Please share with your networks

Cultivating Hope In A Post October 7 World

Sunday, February 25, 2:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Addison-Penzak JCC in Los Gatos
This event aims to address the needs of Jewish young adults in the San Francisco Bay Area who are seeking both community and expert discussions following the events in Israel on October 7. We hope to instill a sense of connection, empowerment, and optimism for the future. District Attorney Jeff Rosen will be among the esteemed guest speakers. Hosted by JLeaders To register:

Combating Antisemitism Summit – California Schools

Wednesday, February 28, 8:00 – 9:30 p.m.
Sponsored by: I-CAN, Israeli-American Civic Action Network
At this state-wide event, students, parents, and educators will share their antisemitism experiences with invited California public officials. While efforts are underway at the local level to address major concerns, state leaders need to hear directly from those most affected by this historic rise in hate targeting Jews. Register Now

Run for Their Lives (Offsite)

Sundays, 11:30 a.m.
Downtown Saratoga More info
Please join one of the weekly “Run For Their Lives” Sunday morning rallies/walks in support of the hostages.
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ACES: Alliance For Constructive Ethnic Studies

Exploring the connection between Liberated Ethnic Studies and Antisemitism
Please share the link to register for this informative update about the connection between liberated Ethnic Studies and Antisemitism with concerned parents, grandparents and community members especially in the South Bay.

Please fill out the form below to register for our webinar, which lays out the connection between anti-Israel activists and Ethnic Studies in our local classrooms. And learn what you can do to stop it. We must be informed and proactive.

What California’s Senate candidates said about Israel and Gaza in their first debate

BY LOUIS KEENE | JANUARY 23, 2024 This story was originally published in the Forward.
Voters may have a hard time choosing among the three veteran House members vying to win the seat held by the late Sen. Dianne Feinstein, who died in September.

All three —Barbara Lee, Katie Porter and Adam Schiff — have been described as progressive Democrats and have staked out similar positions on health care, the economy and housing. But debating for the first time Monday, they showed some distinct differences — on Israel.

They shared the stage at the University of Southern California with a fourth candidate, retired Los Angeles Dodger Steve Garvey, who is running in deep blue California as a self-described moderate Republican.

FOX 11 Los Angeles anchor Elex Michaelson, who co-moderated the debate with Politico’s Melanie Mason, asked each candidate for their views on the Israel-Hamas war, which began after the terror group attacked on Oct. 7, killing 1,200 and taking 240 hostage. More than 25,000 Palestinians in Gaza have been killed in the conflict.

Outside the debate, scores protested in favor of a cease-fire.

Each of the candidates was also asked about campus antisemitism, which the Anti-Defamation League says has spiked in the months since Oct. 7.

Voters go to the polls on March 5. The top two vote-getters, no matter their party, will face off on Election Day.

Here is what the candidates said.

Rep. Barbara Lee 
Lee, who voted in 2019 against condemning the BDS movement, and who backed a permanent cease-fire on Oct. 8, was asked what, if there were a cease-fire, would prevent Hamas from rearming and launching another attack. “The only way Israel is going to be secure is through a permanent cease-fire,” said Lee, who condemned the “horrific” attack. “The only way that is going to happen is with a political and diplomatic solution.” She called for a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and said the current conflict “could spiral out of control.” She later criticized Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu: “Our government’s policy is to support a two-state solution. And Benjamin Netanyahu has totally said no, that that is not possible.” On campus antisemitism Lee said, “Hate speech can lead to hate violence. So antisemitism, Islamophobia, white supremacy, hate against the LGBTQ+ community, as a Black woman, I know what hate is.”

Adam Schiff
Schiff, from Burbank, has positioned himself as a firm supporter of Israel, and rejected calls for a cease-fire. He said Hamas’ rape, torture and murder of Israeli civilians “is still shocking to me.” “No country after having been attacked by terrorists like Israel on Oct. 7 could refuse to defend itself,” Schiff said. “It has a duty to defend itself and I think the United States should support Israel in defending itself.” He said the U.S. should work with Israel to reduce casualties in Gaza and that “my heart breaks for all the Palestinians who have lost life.” Schiff said he supports a two-state solution to the conflict and that Hamas can’t be left to govern Gaza, and notes that it still holds more than 100 hostages, including Americans. “I don’t know how you can ask any nation to cease fire when their people are being held by a terrorist organization,” he said. Addressing antisemitism on campus, Schiff said he has been the target of antisemitism. “People have posted on my social media things like ‘I hope you go back to Auschwitz with your family.’ What’s happening on college campuses I think is terrifying. Students don’t feel safe.”

Katie Porter
Porter, who originally sided with President Joe Biden in refusing to call for a cease-fire, changed her position last month, calling for a “bilateral” ceasefire. Michaelson asked if she was trying to please all sides. Porter said she mourns the loss of both Israeli and Palestinian lives, and that “conditions on the ground in Gaza have changed as the conflict has evolved.” “I’ve pushed and identified with specificity what needs to happen to bring the people of Gaza to a better future and to make sure that Israel can stay secure.” She said that means a release of all hostages, resources for Gaza to rebuild and an independent Palestinian state. “Cease-fire is not a magic word — you can’t say it and make it so,” she added. But it’s necessary “to avoid another ‘forever war.’” On campus antisemitism, she said, “Campuses should be places of debate, but they should never be places of hate.”

Steve Garvey
The former first baseman called Israel “one of our greatest allies” and said that Hamas had “performed atrocities” on Oct. 7. “With common sense and compassion, we realize that we have to give Israel the opportunity to fulfill their sovereignty to fight back,” he said. The day after 9/11, if “one of our allies came to us and said we want you to cease fire, what would we have done?” he said. On campus antisemitism, he said: “We have to start getting back toward what really matters, which is faith, and belief in each other” and that campus leaders are “supposed to stand for a unilateral commitment to equality.”

This article was originally published on the Forward.


Highlights from ‘Taking Action Against Campus Antisemitism’ webinar with Shai Davidai – Watch now

Israel at War: A Private Briefing with Middle East by Avi Melamed – Watch Now

Video by StandWithUs Interview of students at UCLA – Watch Now


The Soviet Roots of Antizionist Antisemitism
with Izabella Tabarovsky  – Watch on YouTube

Where did the hatred for the Jewish People comes from and what must be done to erase it?
with Prof. Gad Saad Watch on YouTube