The Roots of Antisemitism
Florida hosts 68 hate groups. Historically, the hatred of Jews, or antisemitism, has been the early warning signal of a society in danger. During the pandemic, hatred and racism have been on the rise for Jews, Blacks, Asians, women, and Central American immigrants. This compelling presentation showcases the genesis and tropes through the power of imagery in communicating hatred; the modern world and contemporary racist images; the challenges of the internet and social media in the spread of hatred; and, actions we can take to help combat racism and hatred.
Marcia Jo Zerivitz, LHD, is the Founding Executive Director of the Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU on South Beach. A trailblazer in Florida nonprofits for 60 years, she observed that Florida’s Jewish community had a challenge: its continuity. Traveling 250,000 miles from 1984 to 1992, she collected stories and material evidence to document more than 250 years of hidden Jewish history. Her work resulted in the MOSAIC exhibit, and eventually the Jewish Museum of Florida.