UNPACKING ANTISEMITISM with Bob Horenstein

Co-sponsored by Havurah and Temple Emek Shalom and P’nai Or of Portland, and Portland Jewish Federation

Wednesday May 25, 5:00 PM via Zoom

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A 2020 survey of American adults revealed that nearly half did not know what antisemitism is, and one out of five said they had never heard of the word. This at a time when we are seeing an alarming rise in antisemitic incidents and hate crimes in the Portland area and throughout the US. Awareness and

education, and actions we can take regarding antisemitism is therefore essential to know about and to put in practice. We will explore what antisemitism is (and what it is not), how it has evolved over time, and how it is being normalized in America. Bob will also delve into the reasons why antisemitism is often overlooked or even dismissed by those working in the area of diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI)

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Bob Horenstein, Director of Community Relations of the Jewish Federation of Greater Portland

About Bob Horenstein: Bob has served as Director of Community Relations of the Jewish Federation of Greater Portland since 1994. In this role, he has directed the Federation’s efforts to safeguard the social safety net, promote civil rights, combat hate and bigotry and strengthen the local community’s ties to Israel.

Bob is also a freelance writer, having been published in the Oregonian, Jerusalem Post and The Forward, and is a regular contributor to the Jerusalem Report, an English-language bimonthly Israeli magazine. He has been awarded the American Jewish Press Association Louis Rapoport Award for Excellence in Commentary, and he was recognized by the Oregon Society of Professional Journalists for Excellence in Journalism. He is a frequent speaker at local synagogues, churches and schools and has lectured, among other places, in Juneau, Alaska, Springfield, Illinois, Vancouver, B.C., and at the University of Oregon and Oregon State University. Bob earned a Master’s degree in political science from Portland State University in 1993.

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