After Pittsburgh shooting, how do you talk about anti-Semitism with your children?

Hadas Kuznits
November 02, 2018 - 8:30 pm

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — It's been one week since the deadliest attack on Jews in American history. But how do you speak with your children about the Pittsburgh synagogue rampage?

Gabrielle Kaplan-Mayer, whole community engagement director of Jewish Learning Venture, said the shooting has been on her mind since it happened.

First and foremost, she said it's critical for parents to take care of their own emotions.

"As Jewish educators, we've been thinking about this all week long," she added. "The important thing is to really approach this topic with children at a developmental level."

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She said to consider putting the focus on those who are helping to rebuild the community and recover from the incident.

"In terms of explaining anti-Semitism to our children, one of the things that we can do is point to real-life examples where communities come together to stand up against racism and anti-Semitic violence," she said. "We can point to the vigils that took place this week and how people of all different faiths came forward to stand with the Jewish community, and that there are so, so many more people who care about us and want to help us to be safe than there are people who have this senseless hatred."