Anti-Semitism Series

‘The Plague of Anti-Semitism’ A Zoom Series

 The National Council of Jewish Women, GNO Section hosted four educational Anti-Semitism webinars featuring expert presenters from across the country.

If you would like to view the recordings of the webinars, please contact our office at 504-861-7788 or

The first program in the series, A Global Historical Examination of both Traditional and more current forms of anti-Semitism, took place Sunday, June 28, and featured Dr. Gil Troy, a Professor of History at McGill University. Thank you to Dr. Troy and to our moderator, Aaron Ahlquist, Director ADL South-Central Region for an insightful discussion.

The second program, An Exploration of Blood Libels, Conspiracy Theories, and Plagues, with emphasis on the coronavirus CD-19 and how it is impacting our lives today, featuring Ricki Hollander a senior analyst at the Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting (CAMERA), headquartered in Boston
was held Sunday, July 26.  Thank you to MS. Hollander and to our moderator, Robin M Giarrusso, Judge Orleans Parish Civil District Court and NCJW GNO Vice-President for a timely presentation.  

The third program, Historical Experience with Hate Crimes, featured Steven Pomerantz, former Assistant Director of the FBI.  This presentation  included a breakdown of the current FBI demographics of hate crimes motivated by anti-Semitic rhetoric and violence from the extreme right and extreme leftist elements of American society. Mr. Pomerantz represented the FBI and the law enforcement community on numerous occasions in a variety of settings both domestically and internationally. He is an expert in the area of terrorism as well as criminal justice information. Aaron Ahlquist, Director ADL South-Central Region was our moderator.

The last in the NCJW, GNO anti-Semitism series, was entitled Is today’s Anti-Zionism the latest form of anti-Semitism?, and featured Rabbi Ammiel Hirsch, Senior Rabbi, Stephen Wise Free Synagogue in New York City.

This program covered the History of Israel including the First Zionist Congress, Balfour Declaration, the Collapse of Ottoman Empire and the British Mandate, combined with a brief overview of modern Israel and the state of civil liberties as well as a look at the Boycott, Divest, Sanction (BDS) campaign. Aaron Ahlquist, Director ADL South- Central Region was our moderator.