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Antisemitism Awareness and Jewish Allyship Virtual Pop-Up Library

At the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, we appreciate the diverse peoples and experiences that make up our shared society, and work to create a space of belonging on campus. Unfortunately, bigotry persists, and there have been increased incidents of violence against minoritized communities, including a rise in bias-related crimes targeting Jewish people. This virtual pop-up list features books, videos, and online resources highlighting Jewish art, culture, and history. It also provides resources for folks who wish to become better allies in combatting rising antisemitism. 

Get Started

Embarking on self-education can be daunting. Where do you start? This section is a selection of resources to help if you are new to these topics. After checking these out, the sections below have resources to help you dig deeper.

  • Learn Context: Judaism, Jewish history, and anti-Jewish prejudice: An overview
    An introduction written by Mika Ahuvia, Associate Professor of Jewish Studies & Comparative Religion to the topics listed in the title. This resources is particularly helpful for those requiring more context before diving into the topic of antisemitism. 
  • Current Events: Audit of Antisemitic Incidents 2022
    The Anti-Defamation League's 2022 report findings - one of their major findings notes: "In 2022, ADL tabulated 3,697 antisemitic incidents across the United States. This represents a 36% increase from the 2,717 incidents recorded in 2021 and is the highest number on record since ADL began tracking antisemitic incidents in 1979.
  • Antisemitism Basics: Antisemitism Uncovered: A Guide to Old Myths in a New Era
    The Anti-Defamation League's " comprehensive resource with historical context, fact-based descriptions of prevalent antisemitic myths, contemporary examples and calls-to-action for addressing this hate."
  • Actions You Can Take: A Call to Action Against Antisemitism in America
    "American Jewish Committee's Society-Wide Nonpartisan Guide to Address Antisemitism" with sections including Understanding Antisemitism, Responding to Antisemitism, and Preventing Antisemitism.
  • Local Guide: The Guide to Jewish Living in Chicago
    The Guide to Jewish Living in Chicago offers a comprehensive, up-to-date listing of Chicago-area Jewish organizations, resources, products, and services.
  • Discover Artists: The Jewish Art Salon
    "The Jewish Art Salon is a global network for Jewish visual art. Established in 2008 and based in New York City, the JAS, a 501.c.3 nonprofit institution, has over 400 members and over 2,000 subscribers."

Fighting Antisemitism

  • Fight Antisemitism
    The Anti-Defamation League's guide including multiple actions you can take to fight antisemitism and support Jewish communities.