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Exploring The Rise Of Anti-Semitism, The 'Oldest Hatred In A New World'

Tree of Life Synagogue
Keith Srakocic
A "Stronger Than Hate" sign on a fence in Pittsburgh's Squirrel Hill neighborhood. Eleven people were killed and seven more wounded during an attack in the neighborhood's Tree of Life Synagogue last October.

Last year, the Anti-Defamation League released a report saying the number of anti-Semitic incidents was nearly 60% higher in 2017 than in 2016. That was the largest single-year increase on record and the second highest number reported since the organization started tracking incident data in the 1970s.

Last October, 11 people were killed and seven were wounded in a shooting at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh.

And this April, on the last day of Passover, a gunman killed one and injured three in a California synagogue.

Alana Newhouse, editor-in-chief of Tablet Magazine, which focuses on Jewish news and culture, and members of her staff traveled to Pittsburgh to report on that shooting.

Newhouse is the featured speaker at this year's Jewish Community Relations Council’s (JCRC) annual meeting. Under the theme "The Oldest Hatred in a New World," the JCRC will showcase its efforts to combat contemporary manifestations of anti-Semitism and highlight how it intersects with other forms of hate.

Joining Cincinnati Edition to discuss the recent rise of anti-Semitism are Tablet Editor-in-chief Alana Newhouse; and Jewish Community Relations Council Director Jackie Congedo.

The annual meeting of the Jewish Community Relations Council takes place Tuesday evening June 18 at 7 p.m. at the Mayerson JCC, 8485 Ridge Road, Cincinnati, OH 45236.

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