WASHINGTON, May 1, 2023 —The American Bar Association Civil Rights and Social Justice Section will commemorate the month of May, which is Jewish American Heritage Month, with a 21-Day Practice on Combating Antisemitism. Participation is free and open to the public.
“The ABA is committed to fighting antisemitism in all its forms,” ABA President Deborah Enix-Ross said. “This program will help educate participants, give them a deeper awareness of this form of prejudice and strengthen their empathy towards religious freedom.”
The goal of the program is to expose people to the Jewish American experience, including Jewish history, identity and culture. Antisemitic bias in America will also be explored. There will be assignments that focus on Jewish lawyers in America and the role lawyers today play in combating antisemitism.
The program will share resources and a syllabus of daily assignments that will take 15-30 minutes to complete in May. It will include readings, videos and podcasts. The complete syllabus will be posted May 1.
Mark Schickman, former chair of the ABA Section of Civil Rights and Social Justice and of the Holocaust Center of Northern California said, “Every lawyer, and every American, would benefit from taking this time to better understand what antisemitism is and what we all can and should do to combat this increasing hatred and prejudice whenever and wherever we see it.”
The “21- Day Challenge©” was conceived several years ago by diversity expert Eddie Moore, Jr., to advance deeper understandings of the intersections of race, power, privilege, supremacy and oppression.
The ABA Civil Rights and Social Justice Section provides leadership within the legal profession in protecting and advancing human rights, civil liberties and social justice. Representing over 10,000 members with a wide range of professional interests, the section keeps its members abreast of complex civil rights and civil liberties issues and ensures that the protection of individual rights remain a focus of legal and policy discussion.
The ABA is the largest voluntary association of lawyers in the world. As the national voice of the legal profession, the ABA works to improve the administration of justice, promotes programs that assist lawyers and judges in their work, accredits law schools, provides continuing legal education, and works to build public understanding around the world of the importance of the rule of law.