Shelton Chabad offers course exploring rise in antisemitism

Posted Monday, Oct 25th, 2021

SHELTON — Rabbi Shneur Brook of Chabad of Shelton will offer a new four-session course titled Outsmarting Antisemitism this fall.

Using history, Talmudic sources, Jewish mysticism, and contemporary expert analysis, Brook said the course addresses why antisemitism continues to persist, how to make hate go away and how to counter Israel-focused antisemitism and prevent the youth from unwittingly lending their voices to antisemitic agendas.

“Many Jews are anxious about rising antisemitism today and worry about how to respond to it,” Brook said. “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.”

Cary Nelson, past president of the American Association of University Professors, said the course is designed for community leaders and laypersons alike.

“All those who care about religious freedom, both Jews and others, confront a disturbing increase in antisemitism worldwide,” Nelson said. “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.”

The four-week course begins Tuesday at Chabad of Shelton. All Chabad’s courses are open to the public, and attendees need not be affiliated with a particular synagogue, temple, or other houses of worship.

“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.”

The course will be offered in-person and open to the general public. Interested students may call 203-364-4149 or visit for registration and for other course-related information.

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