The FBI reports that 58% of all religious hate crimes target Jewish people despite the fact that only 2% of America’s population identifies as Jewish. This hate can be fought with education and the building of empathy through literature. Jewish books are about far more than the Holocaust and the holidays. They provide windows and mirrors into many other cultures (not all Jews are white or European). Learn more about this often-misunderstood category of literature and how you can make it a part of your diverse collection. The rising tide of antisemitism makes this an urgent topic.
Kusel, Susan and Levitan, Rebecca, "Diversity Needs Jewish Books: A Missing Piece of the Diversity Conversation" (2022). 2022 Children's Book Festival Prerecorded Sessions. 6.