"People of the Books" Blog

Fighting Antisemitism with AJL

In response to rising antisemitism, AJL offers this symbol of solidarity and learning for use on social media. We encourage all allies to download the image above (or the alternatively sized images below) to share or to use as profile pictures on their social networks, in response to incidents of antisemtism or at any time. The image has been designed not only to show solidarity, but to suggest that reading and learning about Jews, and befriending Jews on the page as well as in real life, are paths to a more humane world.

In the spirit of building empathy through reading, AJL also offers the Love Your Neighbor series of book lists for young readers. The Love Your Neighbor project began in 2018 as a response to the act of antisemitic domestic terrorism that took place at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh, PA. Four lists were compiled, recommending titles about allyship, Jewish ritual, the American Jewish experience, and interfaith friendship. After the notably violent Hanukkah season of 2019, AJL returned to the project and added a fifth list to demystify Orthodox Judaism for readers. The picture books, middle grade chapter books, and YA novels on these lists are recommended for use with readers of ALL backgrounds in libraries, schools, bookstores, book clubs, homes, and anywhere that youth literature is enjoyed.

The Love Your Neighbor series includes:

Keep an eye on the Love Your Neighbor page for new lists in this growing project.



For Twitter

AJL Solidarity Image for Twitter


For Facebook

AJL Solidarity Image for Facebook

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