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Jewish Studies

Welcome to the Jewish Studies Guide which contains information and links to resources to support students in Jewish Studies courses at CSUN

What is Antisemitism?

In 2016, the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance adopted the following working definition of antisemitism:
Antisemitism is a certain perception of Jews, which may be expressed as hatred toward Jews. Rhetorical and physical manifestations of antisemitism are directed toward Jewish or non-Jewish individuals and/or their property, toward Jewish community institutions and religious facilities.

This working definition is legally non-binding, but is used by the United States Commission on Civil Rights to help universities identify the lines between hateful and non-hateful incidents. It was adopted as a non-binding, working definition in 2016 by the U.S. State Department and the 30 other member states of the IHRA.

Organizations & Institutes Reporting on Antisemitism Research

The Anti-Defamation League
The Anti-Defamation League was founded in 1913 "to stop the defamation of the Jewish people and to secure justice and fair treatment to all." Now the nation's premier civil rights/human relations agency, ADL fights anti-Semitism and all forms of bigotry, defends democratic ideals and protects civil rights to all.

Institute for the Study of Global Antisemitism and Policy
The Institute for the Study of Global Antisemitism and Policy (ISGAP) is dedicated to the scholarly research of the origins, processes and manifestations associated with antisemitism globally, as well as other forms of prejudice, including racisms, as it relates to policy, in the age of globalization. Through the examination of antisemitism and policy, ISGAP disseminates analytical and scholarly material to help combat hatred and promote understanding.

International Institute for Education and Research on Antisemitism
The institute researches and advises on current antisemitism, Islamism and right-wing extremism with an international perspective, promotes academic and practice-oriented exchange, and develops concepts, programs and approaches to overcome current problems.

The Simon Wiesenthal Center
The Simon Wiesenthal Center is a global human rights organization researching the Holocaust and hate in a historic and contemporary context. The Center confronts important contemporary issues including racism, anti-semitism, terrorism and genocide.

Selected Library Books on Antisemitism: History & Current Issues

Data & Statistics on Antisemitism

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