At Bernard Zell we have a powerful commitment to—in the words of Holocaust survivor Magda Brown—fighting hate whenever we see it. As you would expect, we are particularly focused on preparing our community to combat the scourge of antisemitism, which—in all its many forms—has been on the rise, both here and abroad. This commitment extends to our entire community, and as one part of our community education program, we are pleased to be able to present a multi-part series examining the history of antisemitism and anti-Israel sentiment.

We are joined in this effort by Dr. Rachel Fish, 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. We look forward to exploring these challenging but important topics together as a community. Register for both sessions by clicking below. 

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

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

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

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The second session with Dr. Fish will focus on the creation of the state of Israel from a historical perspective. Registration for the second session is already open, families are welcome to sign-up at their convenience:
While not required, the following resources will bring added depth to Dr. Fish’s presentation. We encourage you to explore the following items in advance of the November 9th event:
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)
Most recently, Dr. Fish was the founding executive director of the Foundation to Combat Antisemitism, which was established to catalyze dynamic new solutions to stop the age-old hatred advanced by those who seek the elimination of Judaism and the Jewish people and the modern movement to destroy the world’s only Jewish State. Dr. Fish was previously Senior Advisor and Resident Scholar of Jewish/Israel Philanthropy at the Paul E. Singer Foundation in New York City. She worked closely with grantees to support them and provided framing around their educational content and programming. Dr. Fish served as the executive director for the Schusterman Center for Israel Studies at Brandeis University where she trained the next generation of scholars and Jewish communal professionals in Israel Studies. In 2015 Dr. Fish held the Rohr Visiting Professorship at Harvard University, where she lectured on modern Israel and received the Derek Bok Certificate of Teaching Excellence. She is co-editor, with Ilan Troen, of the book Essential Israel: Essays for the Twenty-First Century.