2019 Stop Hate Symposium for Teens and Teachers

Sponsored by The Jewish Federation of Greater Orange County
and The MidHudson Social Studies Council


Sponsored by a generous grant from the Jewish Federation of Greater Orange County Zachor Fund and the MidHudson Social Studies Council, this afternoon will provide educators and students with an extraordinary opportunity to investigate the issues of hate, bigotry and intolerance and the role we can play in standing up to injustice in our community and the world at large.


Entitled Understanding Anti-Semitism, the symposium will address the nuances of anti-Semitism, and how we can recognize and stand up to it. Division has come to characterize the 21st century. Our society seems polarized—fractured along lines of race, religion, and politics—us versus them. Young people grapple with these complex issues every day. We must empower youth to make compassionate choices and become better informed and engaged leaders of tomorrow.


The goal of the Stop Hate Symposium for Teachers and Teens is to bring teachers and their students together to equip them with strategies that can help them wrestle with current events and difficult issues through the lens of history. Using the lessons learned from pivotal moments in world history such as the Holocaust, or the American civil rights movement, teachers can work closely with students to examine complex themes like identity, discrimination, and belonging.


Speakers, small group presentations and a keynote address will give teachers and students an opportunity to interact with each other and with participants from across the county. The event will take place from 3:45PM to 8:00PM with dinner included. We are asking teachers to select up to 5 students in grades 7-12 to accompany them. No charge for teachers and the students they bring. Pre-registration is required and is on a first come, first served basis. Space is limited.




We hope this symposium will give us the opportunity to come together and address issues that seek to divide us. To quote Margaret Mead, "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”


If you have any questions, please contact Rabbi Rachel Rubenstein, Executive Director of the Jewish Federation of Greater Orange County, at 845-562-7860.  We look forward to begin working together in April.



2019 Stop Hate Symposium for Teens and Teachers
Understanding Anti-Semitsim
April 11. 2019 
Washingtonville High School


 “Racial prejudice, anti-Semitism, or hatred of anyone with different beliefs has no place in the human mind or heart”                                                                                                            Billy Graham


3:45-4:10     Registration, Coffee

4:10-4:15     Welcome and Introduction  

4:15-5:15     Workshop #1
Tentative: Jews for Racial and Economic Justice, Understanding Anti-Semitism Today
5:30-6:15     Dinner  

6:30-7:30     Workshop #2
Holocaust Museum and Center for Tolerance, Understanding the Hasidic Community

7:30-8:00    Award Presentation 2018 Stop Hate Essay Contest