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Empowering and supporting young people in mainstream schools in the face of rising antisemitism

Updated: Nov 28, 2023

In a week marked by grief, anger and upset, the education projects at Maccabi GB have reacted with wilful determination, to support young Jewish people across the community through personal safety and contemporary antisemitism & discrimination workshops in many schools across the country.


The Streetwise team has collaborated with a dedicated group of facilitators to extend a helping hand to as many schools and communities as possible. Their mission has been to deliver essential personal safety training to young Jewish people in response to the 600% rise in antisemitic incidents in the UK.


Streetwise have spoken to young Jewish people from Essex, London, Manchester, and Leeds in 15 different primary schools, secondary schools and community settings. Furthermore, Streetwise has scheduled future sessions for communities in Glasgow, Norwich, and several smaller areas surrounding London. The impact of their work has been far-reaching.


This week, Streetwise held additional workshops held in the North, at Langdon College and Langdon Community Centre. Streetwise has provided personal safety training to 4,383 students in Jewish primary and secondary schools. They have also reached 789 students in Orthodox and Ultra-Orthodox schools, culminating in a total reach of 5,172 young people. In a world where personal safety and preparedness are paramount, Streetwise has helped to provide young Jewish people with the tools and knowledge to navigate these challenging times.


This week, Streetwise has partnered with UJS, the Union of Jewish students’ JAMS programme, to provide sessions and workshops to young Jewish people in mainstream schools. This partnership, a prime example of community cohesion, will bring contemporary antisemitism, personal safety and Israel education to those young Jewish people who feel the pressure of engaging in dialogue with their classmates, and often don’t feel prepared to engage in these conversations.


This week has been National Hate Crime Awareness Week, an initiative in which Stand Up! Education Against Discrimination have taken an active role throughout different schools. Stand Up!'s anti-discrimination work in mainstream schools is more crucial now than ever. The team delivered sessions to over 2,000 students this week, creating safe spaces to combat discrimination through education. Stand Up! has also been addressing the pressing issue of Antisemitism faced by Jewish staff and students in mainstream schools.


The Community Security Trust (CST) has directed numerous referrals to the Streetwise and Stand Up! teams, with more referrals expected in the weeks to come. This united front against Antisemitism showcases the power of community organisations working hand in hand to tackle issues, promote understanding and tolerance in our society.In a week marked by grief, anger and upset, the education projects at Maccabi GB have reacted with wilful determination, to support young Jewish people across the community through personal safety and contemporary antisemitism & discrimination workshops in many schools across the country.

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