From the time that the Baltimore Jewish Council was founded, a central part of the BJC’s mission has been to fight against antisemitism locally, nationally and internationally.
The BJC regularly organizes educational and advocacy programs about antisemitism, and the BJC speaks out against antisemitism to the media and the community. The BJC’s legislative advocacy has pushed for additional instruction about the Holocaust in public schools and fought for tougher hate crimes legislation in Maryland.
In spring 2019, the BJC and The Associated convened a community leadership summit on antisemitism, bringing together more than 75 professionals and lay leaders from local synagogues, day schools, agencies and other Jewish institutions, as well as Jewish elected officials. The summit was a chance to learn about measures currently being taken both locally and in communities around the country. The attendees then broke into groups to brainstorm ways the Baltimore Jewish community can help stem the rising tide of antisemitism in Maryland.
Following the summit, the BJC and The Associated created a community antisemitism task force. A report from the task force, including recommendations on how to fight the rising number of antisemitic incidents in the community, is expected to be released in fall 2020.