Five Positive Stories From the Global Fight Against Antisemitism in August 2022

New York Governor Kathy Hochul signs a package of Holocaust-related bills, Aug. 10, 2022. Photo: Office of New York Governor Kathy Hochul.

September 1, 2022

The Combat Antisemitism Movement publishes a regular feature highlighting “good news” in the fight against the world’s oldest hatred.

Here are five such stories from August 2022:

‘We Will Never Forget’: New York Governor Hochul Signs Legislation to Bolster Holocaust Education in State

New York Governor Kathy Hochul signed a package of bills on Aug. 10 to “honor and support Holocaust survivors in educational, cultural, and financial institutions” in the state, her office said.

The new laws will “help ensure schools are providing high-quality Holocaust education” and “require museums to acknowledge art stolen by the Nazi regime,” the governor’s office noted.

New Mexico Adopts IHRA Definition of Antisemitism

New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham signed an executive order on Aug. 16 establishing the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) Working Definition of Antisemitism as the state’s legal standard for determining when unlawful discriminatory conduct is motivated by antisemitism.

New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham.


BBC Educational Films on Judaism Star Cartoon of Jewish Girl From London

Ella Scott — a 10-year-old student at a Jewish primary school in north London — has been transformed into a cartoon character featured in a series of animated BBC videos produced to teach British children about Judaism. The three clips are available on the BBC‘s educational website, Bitesize.

Ella Scott.


Jewish Superhero Liberty Fights Antisemites in New Comics Anthology

Daniel Kalban is a 33-year-old law firm assistant who lives in Flatbush, Brooklyn. But when he’s not working his day job, he moonlights as a comic book writer, in a sort of double-life scenario that’s reminiscent of the caped crusaders he’s invented.

In 2016, Kalban created American Dreams, a comic book series centered on Jake Gold, a Jewish New Yorker in 1900 who, thanks to “a Thomas Edison experiment gone awry,” gains the ability to fly, as well as super strength to fight monstrous antisemites and other bad guys.

Brooklyn writer Daniel Kalban is the creator of the comic book series American Dreams. Photo: Courtesy.


Germany Celebrates 1,700 Years of Jewish Life and Heritage

Jewish life in Germany goes back to the days of the Roman Empire. This year, the country has been marking the centuries-long heritage with countless events and festivities, both looking back and ahead to the future.

A man wearing a kippah is seen standing in front of the Brandenburg Gate, in Berlin, Germany.