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Our community’s collective fight against antisemitism can feel overwhelming these days – from antisemitic tropes being spouted by national figures in music, sports and politics to incidents on our area college campuses and in our communities – it seems virtually impossible to escape antisemitism. The rise in antisemitism should worry us all because it’s a sign of an intolerant society; and a broader license to hate. By joining forces and supporting each other, we can work to fight it.

Hatred of Jews is not solely a Jewish problem. Antisemitism is a sign of an intolerant society. By ignoring it, we grant society a broader license to hate. All individuals should care about antisemitism to build a society that is more compassionate, educated, and committed to the value of human dignity. Making hatred of Jews socially unacceptable requires Jewish allies to be invested in creating a more compassionate and caring community.

The Data is Shocking

Jews make up only 2.4% of the U.S. population, but are victims of 55% of all hate crimes.

Last year, “HILTER WAS RIGHT” was posted online 70,000 times. 

52% believe that antisemitism is not a big problem and that Jews can handle this issue on their own. 

Maryland has the 10th highest number of antisemitic incidents reported in the country.  

Maryland experienced a 98% increase in antisemitic incidents of harassment, vandalism or assault.

Star of David on top of a page with Hebrew


Post and share this blue emoji 🟦 – which is readily available on most mobile devices – on your social media channels, email signatures and text messages, alongside a message of support against hate and intolerance.

Speak up and share your personal story of experiencing antisemitism. Every story matters, and your voice can make a difference in raising awareness about the impact of hate and intolerance.

Report an antisemitic event – people who have experienced verbal comments, antisemitic symbols or other forms of antisemitism are encouraged to report the incident.

Hate doesn’t exist in a vacuum, and one form of hate leads to another. If you’re willing to hate one group, you are willing to hate another. If we ignore the canary in the coal mine, we all suffer the same fate. Watch and hear the chilling personal stories from the Jewish community.

I woke the next morning to a deluge of antisemitic hate-mail and death threats. I saw a message, “Get out of my country, you K***.  Get back to Israel where you belong - that or the ovens, take your pick.”

I woke the next morning to a deluge of antisemitic hate-mail and death threats. I saw a message, “Get out of my country, you K***.  Get back to Israel where you belong – that or the ovens, take your pick.”

Detail from “The Way Of The Red Sea Is A Way Of Blood,” a 1944 Italian poster depicting grinning Jewish bankers carrying money bags past dead soldiers.
Detail from “The Way Of The Red Sea Is A Way Of Blood,” a 1944 Italian poster depicting grinning Jewish bankers carrying money bags past dead soldiers. Artist unknown, The Way Of The Red Sea Is A Way Of Blood (1944), poster, U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum


The antisemitic myths about power, loyalty, greed, deicide, the blood libel, Holocaust denialism and anti-Zionism have persisted over time.

Jews Have Too Much Power
Jews account for approximately 0.2 percent of the global population. And yet antisemites believe that this tiny minority is not only on a quest for total world domination, but is already in control of banks, the media, industry, government — even the weather.

Jews are Disloyal
Antisemites frequently suspect Jews of holding allegiance only to fellow Jews and to a uniquely Jewish agenda. Jews are accordingly seen as untrustworthy neighbors and citizens, as if they are inherently disloyal — or have inherently dual loyalties.

Jews are Greedy
One of the most prominent and persistent stereotypes about Jews is that they are greedy and avaricious, hoping to make themselves rich by any means. They are seen both as relentless in the pursuit of wealth and also as stingy misers determined not to let any money slip from their grasp. They are imagined exerting control over the world’s financial systems, but are also accused of regularly cheating friends and neighbors out of a buck

Jews Killed Jesus
The myth that Jews collectively murdered Jesus, also referred to as “deicide,” has been used to justify violence against Jews for centuries. Historians as well as Christian leaders have agreed that the claim is baseless.

Jews use Christian Blood for Religious Rituals
A major theme in antisemitic thought and propaganda is the blood libel, the myth that Jews murder non-Jews, especially non-Jewish children, in order to use their blood to perform religious rituals. Most prevalent in the medieval and early modern period, this peculiar accusation has plagued Jews and incited violence against them for centuries.

The Holocaust Didn’t Happen
The Holocaust was a genocide perpetrated by the German Nazi regime against European Jews between 1941-1945. Six million Jews were murdered in death camps, concentration camps, ghettos, killing fields and elsewhere.

Anti-Zionism or Criticism of Israel is Never Antisemitic
Criticism of Israel is not in and of itself antisemitic. But much of contemporary anti-Zionism, or the delegitimization of Israel and its supporters, draws on and perpetuates antisemitic tropes

Learn more about Antisemitism Uncovered: A Guide to Old Myths in a New Era is a comprehensive resource with historical context, fact-based descriptions of prevalent antisemitic myths, contemporary examples and calls-to-action for addressing this hate.

In an antisemitic campaign organized by Stalin in 1952-1953, a group of predominantly Jewish doctors from Moscow were accused of a conspiracy to assassinate Soviet leaders.


American Jewish Committee’s Translate Hate glossary empowers you to identify, expose, and report antisemitism. Click on the terms below to learn more about how antisemitic tropes, words, and symbols hide in plain sight – from the internet to pop culture.

Click Here for the Glossary


Our community has long been engaged in confronting and fighting antisemitism, but in 2020 The Associated and the Baltimore Jewish Council decided that the time was right for our community to come together and evaluate what has been working, what is falling short, and what new initiatives ought to be tried. Read our action plan. 

We are confronting antisemitism through: Education • Advocacy • Relationship Building • Monitoring and Responding.

Here are only a few of our recent accomplishments in the fight against hate:

Consulted on security at synagogues and schools across Maryland – making these institutions safer for all.

Led conversations about hate and antisemitism in public and private schools, across the Greater Baltimore community, as well as with local businesses.

Empowered college students to advocate against anti-Zionism, which often crosses the line into antisemitism, and responded to antisemitism incidents on our college campuses.

Served as a member of Maryland’s Domestic Terrorism Task Force, a group tasked by the Maryland General Assembly to explore ways to combat extremism.

Organized community events around Kristallnacht and Yom HaShoah.

Lighting the Menorah at Hillel

Resources for Parents

Looking for a book to explain antisemitism to your child? Check out these recommendations from the Jewish Library of Baltimore.

The Christmas Mitzvah
By Gottesfeld, Jeff, and Michelle L. Agatha

The Only One Club
By Naliboff, Jane, and Jeff I. Hopkins

When Ruth Bader Ginsberg Chewed 100 Sticks of Gum
By Weakland, Mark, and Daniela Volpari

Across the Alley
By Michelson, Richard and Earl B. Lewis

Red and Green and Blue and White
By Wind, Lee and Paul O. Zelinsky

Strange Fruit: Billie Holiday and the Power of a Protest Song
By Golio, Gary, and Charlotte Riley-Webb

The Backyard Secrets of Danny Wexler
By Pokras, Karen

By Korman, Gordon

The Assignment
By Wiemer, Liza M.

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