#antisemitism: Coming of Age During the Resurgence of Hate is a deep dive into how the rise in antisemitism from both the political Left and the Right is impacting the identity development of Jewish Generation Z-ers. With glimpses into the minds of teens, parents, and educators from across the United States, it explores issues from presenting as Jewish to social media activism, anti-Israel sentiments, and intersectional identities. #antisemitism is a snapshot in time, with long-reaching implications: How will being shaped in a climate of unprecedented antisemitism create a new Jewish future?

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Meet the Author

Samantha Vinokor - Meinrath

Dr. Samantha Vinokor-Meinrath is a lifelong Jewish educator and learner. As an expert on Jewish teens, Generation Z, experiential education, Israel, and questions of Jewish identity, Samantha comes equipped with the right questions to help learners find the answers that resonate with them. She is on a lifelong mission to inspire conversations that move Jewish journeys forward and is passionate about connecting with learners and communities around the world.

 

Samantha currently serves as the Senior Director of Knowledge, Ideas, and Learning at the Jewish Education Project, teaches at Gratz College, and is constantly brainstorming about the Jewish past, present, and future. She is an alumna of the University of Pittsburgh (BA), the Jewish Theological Seminary (MA), Gratz College (EdD), and the Pardes Experiential Educators Program. Samantha lives in Westchester, NY with her husband and two beloved rescue dogs. She's the author of the forthcoming book #antisemitism: Coming of Age During the Resurgence of Hate, and is currently at work on her next book.  

AREAS OF EXPERTISE

Jewish Joy: Empowered
Jewish Journeys

While the Jewish experience is often marked by conversations about survival, the value-add of Judaism comes through the feelings of thriving, connectedness, and joy. Looking at Jewish life + journeys through the lens of joy, Samantha works with individuals and communities to explore positive associations and moments of happiness in Judaism and Jewish practice.

Bringing Light to a
World of Darkness 

At the intersection of the COVID-19 pandemic, the global uptick in antisemitism, and the accompanying traumas that many are experiencing, it's easy and understandable to get bogged down in the proverbial darkness that we're feeling. Groups of professionals, families, teens, and more, are invited to come together to explore what it means to seek, bring, and radiate light into the world. The Jewish tradition is marked by light - candles, sunrises and sunsets, and lightbulb moments through learning. Samantha brings all of these to life in these hands-on workshops. 

Antisemitism +
Anti-Zionism

Modern antisemitism and the modern State of Israel are often linked. Israel, in too many ways, becomes the foil for antisemitism, and anti-Zionism is a growingly divisive problem both within the Jewish community and externally. Samantha's expertise as an Israel educator gives groups the opportunity to explore Zionism, anti-Zionism, and how antisemitism has impacted contemporary dialogues on Israel. 

Jewish Teen
Engagement

Jewish teens at this moment are coming of age in an unprecedented time. Between the increased pressures on them at young ages, the realities of the COVID-19 pandemic, and the uptick in antisemitism, the Jewish teen experience is challenging, exciting, and multifaceted. Looking at this population of universalists through the lens of Jewish particularism, Samantha is available to share best practices, insights, and to lead interactive workshops for teens, parents, and educators.

 

“Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I will learn.”

 

— BENJAMIN FRANKLIN