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

Olena Mironyuk, right, signs paperwork with the help of staff member Iryna Saks at the Jewish Family Service office in Framingham, Massachusetts. Photo: Courtesy.

October 2, 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 September 2022:

Alberta Becomes Fifth Canadian Province to Adopt IHRA Antisemitism Definition

Alberta became the fifth Canadian province to adopt the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) Working Definition of Antisemitism.

“Remembering the Holocaust is a moral obligation — and antisemitism, like all forms of racism and prejudice, has no place in Alberta,” Alberta Premier Jason Kenney declared. “In endorsing this internationally recognized definition, Alberta is doing its part to make sure we continue to learn from this painful history and promise never to repeat it.”

Alberta Premier Jason Kenney announces the province’s adoption of the IHRA Working Definition of Antisemitism, Friday, Sept. 23, 2022. Photo: Screenshot.


US Department of Education to Investigate Antisemitism Allegations at University of Vermont

The U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) has opened a formal investigation into a complaint alleging that Jewish students at the University of Vermont (UVM) have faced “severe and persistent antisemitic harassment and discrimination” at the school, the Louis D. Brandeis Center for Human Rights Under Law and Jewish on Campus (JOC) said.

“Anti-Jewish incidents ranged from the exclusion of Jewish students from a campus sexual assault survivors’ group, online harassment against Jewish students by a teaching assistant (TA), and the targeting of the UVM Hillel building,” the Brandeis Center and JOC — who jointly filed the complaint — noted.

The UVM campus, in Burlington, Vermont.


Pope Francis, Israel’s Chief Rabbis Discuss Interfaith Coexistence in Kazakhstan

Pope Francis and both of Israel’s chief rabbis, Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi David Lau and Sephardic Chief Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef, discussed peaceful coexistence and cooperation between religions in meetings and on the sidelines of an interfaith event held in Astana, Kazakhstan.

The clergymen were among many who gathered at the Seventh Congress of Leaders of World and Traditional Religions, an event that unites representatives from the world’s major religions with the goal of establishing peace, harmony, tolerance and respect between faiths.

Pope Francis meets with Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi of Israel David Lau, second from right, and Sephardic Chief Rabbi of Israel Yitzhak Yosef, third from right, at the Seventh Congress of Leaders of World and Traditional Religions, in Astana, Kazakhstan, Wednesday, Sep. 14, 2022. Photo: Alexander Zemlianichenko / AP.


CNN’s Wolf Blitzer Includes Testimony From Holocaust Survivor Father in TV Special About Shoah Museum

CNN news anchor Wolf Blitzer shared details about his family’s personal experiences in the Holocaust in a special television program that took viewers inside the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C.

Blitzer, the child of Holocaust survivors and grandson of four victims, talked about both of his parents who lived in Poland when Nazi German forces invaded in 1939 in the hour-long CNN special “Never Again: The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum: A Tour With Wolf Blitzer.”

Wolf Blitzer appears inside the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C., for the CNN special “Never Again: The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, A Tour with Wolf Blitzer.” Photo: CNN.


US Jews Pay Homage to Holocaust Survivor Ancestors as They Aid Ukrainian Refugees

As the ongoing Russian invasion of Ukraine passes the six-month mark and rockets continue to fall on Ukrainian cities, Jews in the United States — many of whom have roots in Ukraine — are stepping up their support of the war’s refugees. For many, however, it’s also proved a way of karmically paying back long-gone Ukrainians who once aided their own Holocaust survivor ancestors.

Ukrainian evacuees line up as they wait for further transport at the Medyka border crossing, after they crossed the Ukrainian-Polish border, southeastern Poland, March 29, 2022. Photo: Angelos Tzortzinis / AFP.