Concerns over the rise of antisemitism globally have understandably elevated fears inside the American Jewish community. While the imminent threat of antisemitism is not equal in all places, anti-Jewish sentiment is present in all communities and movements. This is true of the American progressive movement, where debate over Israel has grown particularly intense. This has lead some Jews to wonder if progressives support the right and need for Jewish national self-determination in the state of Israel, and what role, if any, antisemitism plays in that debate.
Named after the Hebrew word which means "to hear" or "listen", Project Shema offers a series of workshops designed to help the American Jewish community better understand and engage progressives on issues of core concern, like Israel and antisemitism.
We also offer workshops to help the community better understand how to engage as allies in the fight for justice.
Project Shema seeks to help Jewish organizations and advocates build stronger bonds of trust between our Jewish community and members of the progressive movement.