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#antisemitism
Coming of Age during the Resurgence of Hate
by Samantha A. Vinokor-Meinrath
June 2022, 180pp, 6 1/8x9 1/4
1 volume, Praeger

Hardcover: 978-1-4408-7899-2
$50, £38, 44€, A68
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A 2020 survey on Holocaust knowledge among Millennials and Gen Z-ers found that 63% do not know that 6 million Jews were murdered in the Holocaust.

Exploring what it means to come of age in an era marked by increasing antisemitism, readers see through the eyes of Jewish Gen Z-ers how identities are shaped in response to and in defiance of antisemitism.

Using personal experiences, qualitative research, and the historic moment in which Generation Z is coming of age, Jewish educator Samantha Vinokor-Meinrath uses antisemitism from both the political left and the right to explore identity development among Jewish Gen Z-ers. With insights from educators, students, activists, and more, she holds a lens up to current antisemitism and its impact on the choices and opinions of the next generation of Jewish leaders.

Chapters cover Holocaust education for the final generation to meet survivors; anti-Zionism as a modern manifestation of antisemitism; and how the realities of 21st-century America have shaped the modern Jewish experience, ranging from the synagogue shooting in Pittsburgh to how Gen Z-ers use social media and understand diversity. The core of this book is a collection of stories: of intersectional identity, of minority affiliations, and of overcoming adversity in order to flourish and thrive.

Features

  • Provides a comprehensive deep dive into multifaceted manifestations of modern antisemitism and their impact on the emerging Jewish identities of Generation Z
  • Explores the common thread of antisemitism through the lens of Israel, the Holocaust, social media, and racial justice during a large national uptick in anti-Jewish hatred
  • Offers personal and research-based perspectives on how antisemitism impacts the modern American Jewish experience.
Samantha A. Vinokor-Meinrath, EdD, is senior director of knowledge, ideas, and learning at the Jewish Education Project in New York. She is an alumna of the University of Pittsburgh (BA), the Jewish Theological Seminary of America (MA), and Gratz College (EdD). Vinokor-Meinrath has worked with Jewish adolescents and emergent adults for more than 10 years, serving communities in New York; Washington, D.C.; Israel; and Ohio. She regularly writes and consults on Jewish teen engagement and identity development, and she was named one of Cleveland's 12 under 36 Jewish leaders.
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