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LYA offers Jewish Learning Institute course on “Outsmarting Antisemitism”

LONGMEADOW/SPRINGFIELD – This fall Jewish Learning Institute (JLI) and Lubavitcher Yeshiva Academy (LYA) will offer a new four-session course from the Rohr Jewish Learning Institute (JLI), titled “Outsmarting Antisemitism.”

Using history, Talmudic sources, Jewish mysticism, and contemporary expert analysis, the course addresses some of the niggling questions we grapple with as individuals and as a community. Why does antisemitism persist? How can we make hate go away? How can we counter Israel-focused antisemitism and prevent our own youth from unwittingly lending their voices to anti-Semitic agendas?

“Many Jews are anxious about rising antisemitism today and worry about how to respond to it,” remarked Rabbi Yakov Wolff LYA JLI instructor in.

“By exploring the mechanics of antisemitism and probing historical strategies for reducing it, this course offers a framework for confronting it head-on with purpose, positivity, and pride.”

Informative, interesting, and empowering, Outsmarting Antisemitism is well suited for community leaders and laypersons alike. “All those who care about religious freedom, both Jews and others, confront a disturbing increase in antisemitism worldwide,” said Cary Nelson, past president of the American Association of University Professors. “It is no longer enough just to be opposed to antisemitism. We all have to be knowledgeable about its history and current manifestations if we are to be equipped to combat its spread. That is why this course matters.”

“What distinguishes the present moment is the rise of antisemitism simultaneously on all fronts,” said Natan Sharansky, former refusenik and chairman at the Institute for the Study of Global Antisemitism and Policy. “To succeed in the struggle against these dangerous phenomena, we have to confront antisemitism on all fronts simultaneously. Therefore, this course from the Rohr Jewish Learning Institute is very important.”

Outsmarting Antisemitism will be offered on zoom beginning Wednesday, November 3 at 7:30 p.m. Upon registering for the course, you will receive the zoom link. Rabbi Wolff will offer a live socially distanced class on Thursday at law offices of James Smith, 1331 Main Street, Springfield, MA 01103, Springfield, MA, for four consecutive Thursdays beginning November 4 from 12:45  – 1:45 p.m. Thursday’s class will also be offered on zoom. Cost is $100 to attend.

Like all JLI programs, it is designed to appeal to people at all levels of knowledge, including those without any prior experience or background in Jewish learning. All JLI courses are open to the public, and attendees need not be affiliated with a particular synagogue, temple, or other house of worship.

To register or for more information, call (413) 348-4978 or visit for registration and for other course-related information. 

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