Dear Friends,

Last week in Champaign around 1 a.m., a University of Illinois student was startled to hear noises coming from his balcony.

Someone had thrown more than a dozen eggs on the balcony in the 500 block of South First Street in Champaign, where the student and his roommates displayed an Israeli flag. The incident is under investigation by campus police.

As you know, antisemitism is on the rise in the US and around the world.

The Anti-Defamation League's website reports several incidents of hate targeted at Jews in Illinois in recent months:

 

So what do we do?  Shake our heads and say "how terrible?"  Or do we act?  CUJF plans to act.

 

We are sponsoring a series of programs on Antisemitism Awareness and Response, starting with a presentation from the Anti-Defamation League at Noon, Tuesday, February 23.

 

Save the date for this briefing from ADL Midwest Regional Director David Goldenberg about the threat of extremism and current state of hate and antisemitism in Illinois and America. 

This virtual event will feature a presentation and opportunity for you to ask questions and interact with ADL’s expert staff. See David's bio, below.  You may register for the event here

 

David Goldenberg is the Evelyn R. Greene Midwest Regional Director of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL). Based on Chicago, David oversees the ADL’s activities in northern Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin.

Prior to joining ADL, David was a senior leader at Resolute Consulting, a national public affairs and strategic advisory firm.  Prior to joining Resolute in 2009, David spent nearly a decade in government and politics. He began his career as a legislative aide to a state senator in Michigan and then moved to Washington, DC following the 2000 election. David worked for U.S. Senator Tom Carper (DE) and then U.S. Representative Alcee L. Hastings (FL). When he left the Hill in 2009 to move to Chicago, David was Representative Hastings’ chief of staff and senior policy adviser, as well as an associate staff member of the House Committee on Rules and staff director of both the House Subcommittee on Legislative and Budget Process and the Democratic Israel Working Group.