When children gather at Jewish summer camp, it is common for them to feel both a sense of safety and protection within a warm and supportive community as well as a sense of insecurity, fear, or anxiety around the possibility that antisemitic acts might occur against them – when they are traveling as a group and identifiable as Jews on are in predominantly Jewish spaces.
Many summer camps also take time to observe the Jewish holiday of Tisha B’Av as well as the fast on the 17th of Tammuz and three weeks of solemnity between the two. These times of communal reflection and mourning related to the atrocities faced by our people, have significance for learning and action in today’s world.
Resources below for camp counselors and Jewish educators are offered as guides about how to talk to children about hatred in general and antisemitism in particular.
For Younger Children
For Tweens and Teens
Dr. Betsy Stone (psychologist: Guidance About Talking to Teens
Rabbi Edyth Held Mencher, LCSW: Responding to Spiritual Questions and Emotional Needs After Tragedies
Common Sense Media’s Information on Online Hate Speech
UJA/NY Teen and Parent Conversation on Israel and Antisemitism 2021 with the Hartman Institute