SLA Hillel to hold on-campus workshops amid growing national anti-Semitism
The Cal Poly San Luis Obispo Hillel club is hosting several workshops throughout the week to educate people about anti-Semitism, according to a Instagram post issued by the organization.
On Wednesday, Hillel International Director of Antisemitism Education Tina Malka and SLO Hillel Director Lauren Bandari will speak at an open forum on antisemitism education in the 12 p.m. yakʔitʸutʸu Community Hall. at 14h. This event will focus on how to hold discussions about antisemitism with others.
On Thursday, a student ambassador from the organization Jewish on Campus will file in UU Square from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Previously, the Hillel and the Jewish Community Center collaborated on a similar event called the Festival of Jewish Learning, which runs Feb. 24-26 and aims to educate people about Jewish culture and life. However, this is the first time there will be an on-campus event that is a collaborative effort between ALS Hillel and the university to educate people about anti-Semitism.
In partnership with the university, SLO Hillel also held anti-Semitism training for administrative staff on Tuesday.
“A lot of people don’t know what anti-Semitism is,” Bandari said. “They don’t even know these conspiracy theories have been around for so long.”
Bandari said the lack of education on anti-Semitism allows anti-Semitic conspiracy theories to gain traction.
Content creators such as Candace Owens and celebrities like Ye (formerly Kanye) West, Kyrie Irving and Nick Cannon have helped openly spread anti-Semitic hatred online and in public.
“What’s really disturbing is reading reports of signs hanging from the 405 [that say] honk if Kanye is right or if Dave Chappelle says, “I’ve been to Hollywood, there’s a lot of Jews there,” Bandari said. “It feeds the fire.”
Bandari also points out how here at Cal Poly, anti-Semitic beliefs might have an easier time coming forward because there is no Jewish space.
“We don’t have Jewish space on campus,” Bandari said. “In a way that protects us, but also hides us.”