Karen Aroesty to Discuss “Anti-Semitism: A New Story or Just the Same Old Repackaged?” at Shir Hadash

Karen Aroesty, regional director of the Anti-Defamation League, will discuss “Anti-Semitism: A New Story or Just the Same Old Repackaged?” at a special Shir Hadash Reconstructionist Community Shabbat morning learning program at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 29. The event is free and open to the public and will take place in the Arts and Education Building of The J’s Staenberg Family Complex, 2 Millstone Campus Dr., St. Louis, MO 63146.

In its annual Audit of Anti-Semitic Incidents, the ADL found that the number of anti-Semitic incidents in the U.S. rose 57 percent in 2017, the largest single-year increase on record and the second highest number reported since ADL started tracking such data in 1979. This follows a 34 percent increase from 2015 to 2016. Aroesty will offer insights and historical perspective on the increase in recent anti-Semitic incidents, including the tragic attack on the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, and lead a discussion on their impact on Jewish life today.

Aroesty has directed the Heartland Region of the ADL covering Missouri, Eastern Kansas and Southern Illinois since 2000. In addition, she staffs the work of the U.S. Attorney’s Hate Crimes Task Force, a bi-state collaboration of representatives of federal and state law enforcement, education, advocacy and social justice. She also educates law enforcement on hate crime and extremism. Aroesty received her B.A. degree from Barnard College and her J.D. from the Washington University School of Law.

Shir Hadash Reconstructionist Community devotes the third and occasional fifth Shabbat of each month to in-depth Jewish learning on topics ranging from text study and Jewish history to current events, arts and culture. Shabbat morning worship takes place at 10 a.m. at The J on the second and fourth Shabbat of each month, and Friday night Shabbat Potluck Dinners are hosted in members’ homes on the first Shabbat of the month.

For more information, visit www.shirhadashstl.info or e-mail Carol at stlshirhadash@gmail.com.

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