At Bernard Zell we have a powerful commitment toโ€”in the words of Holocaust survivor Magda Brownโ€”fighting hate whenever we see it. As you would expect, we are particularly focused on preparing our community to combat the scourge of antisemitism, whichโ€”in all its many formsโ€”continues to beย on the rise, both here and abroad. This commitment extends to our entire community, and as one part of our community education program, below we share some resources for parents.

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2021 Community Education Series with Rachel Fish

In the 2021-22 school year, Bernard Zell worked with Dr. Rachel Fish to present a multi-part series examining the history of antisemitism and anti-Israel sentiment.
Dr. Rachel Fish, is a celebrated academic with 20 years of experience in the fields of Israeli history, Zionist thought and Middle Eastern Studies. Recognized for her teaching prowess and pedagogical approaches, Dr. Fish has published extensively and is frequently called upon to advise on community interventions to reclaim an Israel discourse that is nuanced and complex while remaining accessible to a broad audience. Below you will find access to these recordings, along with resources on further understanding antisemitism.

Tuesday, November 9, 2021
8:00 - 9:15 p.m.

Zoom Recording

In the first session, held on the anniversary of Kristallnacht, Dr. Fish shared with us the history of antisemitism and how it has transformed, and the ways in which it manifests today. This overview provided a framework for our parent community to think about approaches that support our students as they navigate challenging encounters.

Tuesday, December 14, 2021
8:00 - 9:15 p.m.

Zoom recording

The second session with Dr. Fish focused on the creation of the state of Israel from a historical perspective. 


The following resources augment the content from Dr. Fish’s presentations. 
Explained | Unpacked

(YouTube playlist - 6 videos - approx. 26 min)
Combating Rising
Jew Hatred with
Dr. Rachel Fish | JewishBoston

(podcast - approx. 56 min)
Taking a Stand
Against Antisemitism by
Rachel Fish, Ph.D. | PJ Library

(article - approx. 1 page)