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Posted: Wednesday, April 29, 2015 10:00 am

When I attended this year’s Passages lecture by Charles Small, Ph.D., on the “Flourishing of Radical Islam in Democratic Western Societies,” which by the way was packed to overflowing, he called upon American Jews to be “loud, vocal, proactive and to demonstrate and protest” to combat this rise in anti-Semitism and the growing menace of the BDS [boycott, divestment and sanctions] movement across our universities. He also rightfully chastised us for being too complacent. Several folks in the audience yelled out things like, “What can I do? I want to do something, but how can I? I’m just one person.” These sentiments of helplessness were expressed every time I attended last year’s Passages lectures.

So I am identifying a huge gap in our Jewish services and organizations: There is no avenue, no vehicle for, no group, no place where the average Jew can go to join with others to specifically combat this rising menace of anti-Semitism. None. We have groups and organizations galore for every kind of need but surprisingly, none specifically for this. We need to stop and rethink our service delivery system and begin forming groups to address this horror before it’s on our doorsteps. We help so many in need. Now, we need to stop and help ourselves. We need to pool our collective resources of time, energy and focus for this all-important issue.

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