Antisemitism in social work findings from an exploratory national survey

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

ABSTRACT: Antisemitism is one of the oldest forms of prejudices. 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 or in DEI programs. This paper reports on the findings of a national survey of social workers that details their experiences with antisemitism in school, in practice, and in the community. The findings show that Jewish respondents were more aware of antisemitic incidents in the community and in schools than the non-Jewish respondents. However, both groups very strongly believed that antisemitism was a significant problem and that it should be a concern for social work. Recommendations based on these findings are presented.

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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