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What’s a Jew to Do? The Jewish Response to the Rise in White Nationalism.

March 28, 2019 @ 6:30 pm


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March 28th | 6:30 to 8:30 PM

The Holocaust Memorial Center in Farmington Hills.

As Jews, we are painfully aware that antisemitism is on the rise. In 2017, our country saw a 57% spike in incidents motivated by anti-Jewish bias including physical assaults, vandalism and attacks on Jewish institutions according to the Anti-Defamation League.

In the face of such heinous acts, it can be easy to lose ourselves in fear, anger and sadness. But what if we could isolate and understand the ideologies driving these crimes? What if we could channel our emotions into actions that send a message of unwavering resilience while standing in solidarity with other marginalized groups and allies?

Join NEXTGen Detroit for a moderated panel discussion on white nationalism, how Jews fit into this ideology and strategies for proactively responding as a community.


  • David Kurzmann – Moderator: Executive Director, Jewish Community Relations Council/AJC
  • Kirsten Fermaglich: Associate Professor of History and Jewish Studies, Michigan State University
  • Ruth Bergman: Director of Education, Holocaust Memorial Center
  • Rabbi Ariana Silverman: Rabbi, Isaac Agree Downtown Synagogue
  • Olivia Guterson: Community organizer and artist

Light Kosher refreshments will be provided.

This program is free of charge, but please register by Wednesday, March 27th so we can provide adequate space and food.

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”
– Martin Luther King, Jr.

This program is presented in partnership by NEXTGen Detroit, Holocaust Memorial Center, Isaac Agree Downtown Synagogue, Michigan State University Serling Institute for Jewish Studies and Modern Israel, Jewish Bar Association of Michigan, Jewish Community Relations Council/AJC and Repair the World Detroit, The Well

Thank you to our event committee: Jacob Smith and Abby Rubin

Questions? Contact Hannah Goodman at


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