The Zachor Antisemitism Initiative

No cost quality education within our schools and our community!

*Recipient of the 2022 Monroe-Woodbury School District Community Connections Award

Our mission is to work to prevent antisemitism, specifically in Orange County.

Our primary goal is centered on quality and meaningful Holocaust and antisemitism education, in our schools and in our community. 

We have the resources!

We have worked with over 9 school districts in our county.

Here are a plethora of opportunities we offer:

  • Workshops on modern antisemitism for students and school faculty/staff
  • Annual Stop the Hate contest and symposium
  • Professional development for faculty and staff on antisemitism and the Holocaust
  • Through our partnership with the Holocaust Museum and Center for Education and Tolerance in Rockland County we can arrange for field trips, travel exhibits for your school, and guest speakers on a variety of topics centered on the Holocaust and antisemitism 
  • Arrange for survivors and liberators to share their experiences during the Shoah with students and faculty/staff
  • Consult with faculty and administration regarding the teaching of units connect to Jewish history, faith, and the Holocaust
  • Resources to school administrators and teachers about accommodations for students observing Jewish holidays and customs
  • Assistance to schools dealing with antisemitism and other types of hatred

Teacher Testimonies

  • The visualization exercise of "The Hiding" was really something the students were able to grasp and get an empathetic connection to what people experienced during this time in our history….I remembered our experience at the symposium made this connection with what others are experiencing today as well and how the emotions are not so different. I feel that my students took away a personal perspective of historic events and that is priceless. I am so glad our paths have crossed and I look forward to working with you again. -Kristen Carter (Monroe-Woodbury Middle School)
  • I wanted to follow up my students' comments with a proper thank you to the Jewish Federation for their generous gift which allowed my fifty-some 9th and 10th graders and 5 chaperones to not only tour the museum but also participate in the Moral Courage Workshop and question Alan Moskin (for over 45 minutes!).   The staff was impressed by how attentive and engaged the students were and I knew from their reactions that they were experiencing one of those rare educational moments that they will not soon forget.  -Virginia McCurdy (Newburgh Free Academy)

Let’s shine light over the darkness of hate

The Jewish Federation of Greater Orange County
292 North Street     Newburgh, NY  12550     845-562-7860

Building Understanding

Anti-Semitism and Kiryas Joel: Inaudy Esposito, Julie Golding, & Rabbi Rachel Rubenstein

Many Facets of Judaism

Panel aimed at illuminating the various denominations and facets of Judaism within Orange County.

What to do if your child has experienced a bullying or antisemitic incident at school:

  1. First, speak to your child’s teacher or guidance counselor at the school as soon as possible.
  2. If the matter is not satisfactorily explained or resolved in a timely manner, contact your school’s administrator (Assistant Principal or Principal)
  3. Submit A “Bullying Report form” if your school district has one that is available.
  4. At any time, please contact us for further guidance and assistance.

What YOU can do to help make your school a safer, more welcoming learning environment for ALL children:

The Jewish Federation works year-round to promote mutually respectful school environments and to increase understanding of Jewish tradition, history and culture within school communities, both public and private. Encourage your school to: