Antisemitism and Social Work: Challenges and Opportunities for Education and Practice

Published by: Carole Cox, Graduate School of Social Service, Fordham University, New York, USA, NASW-NYS Jewish Social Workers SIG Facilitator

ABSTRACT: Antisemitism is one of the oldest forms of prejudice. It is hatred against Jewish people based on stereotypes that leads to persecution and oppression. As such, it threatens social justice and the security of people and community. Social work with its focus on social justice and promoting diversity has an obligation to confront antisemitism which, unfortunately, continues to increase. However, it is seldom included in social work education. Reasons for ignoring antisemitism may include beliefs that Jews do not suffer from inequality as they are white and privileged, are not people of color, and compose less than 2% of the population. However, ignoring it permits it to proliferate. This paper presents the challenges that antisemitism poses for the profession as well as opportunities for combating it through education and interventions at all levels of practice.

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Jewish Social Workers Special Interest Group

Facilitator(s): Carole Cox, Dana Marlowe and Allison Janofsky

This special interest group exists to explore anti-Semitism in social work schools and practice; Develop strategies for counteracting anti-Semitism, including assuring that social work curriculum specifically address anti-Semitism in their courses and; To provide Jewish social workers with a “safe space” in which to voice their concerns and experiences.⁠

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Amelia Lochner Malavé
Author: Amelia Lochner Malavé