To demonstrate that anti-Semitism is still prevalent.
Students sometimes believe that anti-Semitism is rare and or even that Jewish people occupy a socially advantaged position. To show that anti-Semitism is still common, challenge students to see who can find the most recent anti-Semitic incident.
Tell students that they can search newspapers or magazines, visit web sites, contact groups such as the Anti-Defamation League, or use any other strategy to document a recent anti-Semitic incident. These incidents might include vandalism or arson of synagogues, hate speech, anti-Semitic stereotypes, or other manifestations of anti-Jewish prejudice. Then, at the next class session, ask students to share what they found and see how many incidents occurred during the previous week.
Adapted from page 20 of Cyrus, V., & Main, L. C. (2000). Instructor's Resource Guide to Accompany Experiencing Race, Class, and Gender in the United States (3rd ed.). Mountain View, CA: Mayfield Publishing Company.