Museum of Jewish Heritage Hosts Events on Modern Extremism

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Amid the violence and hate displayed when extremists forced their way into the U.S. Capitol, the Museum of Jewish Heritage – A Living Memorial to the Holocaust has re-committed to teaching the history and legacy of the Holocaust, both in a historical context and as it relates to present-day extremism, hate and violence.

As individuals stormed the Capitol, they brandished anti-Semitic and racist symbols, including Confederate flags, nooses and attire promoting the Auschwitz death camp.

“We have a responsibility to stand up and condemn the blatant bigotry displayed at the Capitol on Wednesday,” said Jack Kliger,president and CEO of the Museum of Jewish Heritage. “We cannot be silent bystanders. We must speak up and take action wherever and whenever we witness hatred and threats of violence.

“Our Museum draws on lessons from the Holocaust to educate about hate and injustice in our current times. We remain committed to educating our visitors, whether in-person or online, on the reality and dangers of extremism.”

On Thursday, January 14 at 2 p.m., the Museum, ADL and The New York Board of Rabbis will present “Extremism: What You Need To Know In 2021,” a virtual event that will discuss both the challenge of extremism today and the opportunities to push back via civil society, government regulation and reforms by social media companies.

Rabbi Joseph Potasnik, executive vice president of The New York Board of Rabbis, and Jack Kliger will moderate a discussion with panelists Talia Lavin, journalist and author of “Culture Warlords: My Journey Into the Dark Web of White Supremacy;” Oren Segal, vice president of the Anti Defamation League’s Center on Extremism and Eric Ward, executive director of the Western States Center and senior fellow at the Southern Poverty Law Center and Race Forward.

For younger audiences and school groups, the Museum offers two virtual field trips “Meeting Hate with Humanity: Life During the Holocaust” and “Love Thy Neighbor: Immigration and the U.S. Experience.”

The Museum’s past programs are recorded and available to watch on YouTube.

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