anti semitism

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Started by Yisrael Baruch. Last reply by Georg von Starkermann Aug 19, 2009. 9 Replies

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Comment by Yerachmiel Avraham on April 11, 2011 at 12:08pm

I have experienced great anti semitism in my lifetime, in the US. I am an orthodox jew and I found it difficult to carry on my religious traditions in my city (but I did). I am not a rich man, but I raised both of my sons, from their early childhood to university graduations alone, while being threatened by non jews, in my daily walk. 

There have been times that it was difficult to go to the market without being harassed, because of my dress.  I gave up a teaching career of 17 years, because I was ailenated by the faculty.  All in all, I taught my children to be proud of who they are, dispite of what happened around us.

My youngest son  wants me to either live with him in San francisco or change my dress. I live in an upper middle class area of Rialto and I've watched the area change over the past 14 years. All of the Jewish families I knew as neighbors have moved away and my new neighbors do not really speak. I have been beaten up four times in the past four years and had my bottom teeth knocked out. Now, I am extreemly careful. I have had trash cans emptied on my lawn. I have been called interesting names ans so I seldom go out at night, unless I am asked to perform ( I sing and Play the piano).

My oldest son is a Harvard graduate and is an attorney in Cambridge Ma. and my youngest son age thirty, is a doctor in San francisco. They to, have experienced anti semitism but live to persevere. The anti semitism that you speak about is not just in the media. Just last week a bomb was placed near a Chabad in Santa Monica, Ca. In towns and cities across America many people are faced with the same things I have gone through. It is getting worse not better. I am 69 years old and I see the changes this society is going through.  

Comment by Georg von Starkermann on August 16, 2009 at 10:21pm
Jewish people worry too much about anti- semitism. There is a real fear out in the world that this is the year that Judaism will disappear. Every year we hear the same argument about Judaism. Ironically, it will not be the Arabs, or the Palestinians, or even the Neo- Nazis that pull the final cork out of the bottle, but Jews themselves. Look at the number of Left Wing Jews and Jewish organizations that abound world wide. These groups will pull the cork.
Comment by Anthony David Cohen on August 11, 2009 at 9:16pm

You picked a good topic to start your very first group. Now you need to get the word out to your friends.

Keep up what your doing. It is not everyday you heard of a young Jew as yourself trying to get involved and make a difference. I am proud of you!
Comment by Yisrael Baruch on August 11, 2009 at 3:42pm
Welcome to the group! This group was formed through my experiences with hateful acts that I have encounter from all types of people.

Please feel free to share your experience and to state your views and comments.

I know this may be a very hard subject for some to talk about. However we can learn from your experience.

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