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Local religious organizations in the metro Atlanta area are coming together to start the new year off in the spirit of peace and solidarity.

The Jewish Foundation of Greater Atlanta, a religious organization supporting Atlanta residents of Jewish faith, is partnering with Sandy Springs Mayor Rusty Paul and other Jewish organizations for a community event on Monday to express strong opposition to the growing tide of anti-Semitism.

“Sandy Springs is a significant area for the Jewish community, and we all are concerned,” Paul said. “I felt that it was very important that the Sandy Springs community come together and wipe away any forms of anti-Semitism."

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The pastor of a Unitarian Universalist church in Augusta would like to meet the vandals who graffitied the church recently in what he calls an act of terrorism.  

“We’ve even offered to the people who have done it, you can come talk to us. You can come to a service and see who we are,” said Don Cameron, interim minister of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Augusta.  

Over the weekend, church members found the words “God will not be mocked” spray painted twice on the church building, along with two Stars of David crossed out with a black stripe.  

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Growing up in Atlanta in the 1970s, Jonathan Weisman didn't think much about anti-Semitism. In fact, he didn't think much about being Jewish until 2016. That's when he, as deputy editor of the Washington Bureau of  "The New York Times," posted a quote from an op-ed about facism on Twitter. That tweet unleashed a torrent of anti-semitic images, threats and other forms of cyber-stalking that shattered his complacency.

Weisman used the tools of his profession to expose the trolls and the political, cultural and technological forces that have fueled an avalanche of attacks against Jews since 2016 - from online conspiracies to real-world violence, like the massacre of 11 people at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh in October.

Today we explored the book "For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Politics" with the hosts of "A Seat at the Table," listened to new Georgia music with Paste Magazine's Josh Jackson and discussed the problems with social media echo chambers with Emory University's David Schweidel.

Monica Pearson, Denene Millner and Christine White talked about the four authors of "For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Politics" who have lived and worked behind the scenes in American politics for more than three decades.


Social media platforms like Gab market themselves as free speech alternatives to sites like Twitter and Facebook, and they can create a safe haven for extremist views. After the Tree of Life shooting in Pittsburgh, police discovered the shooter had frequently posted anti-semitic messages and memes on Gab.

We spoke with David Schweidel, professor of marketing at Emory University, about the problem with social media echo chambers.

Anti-Semitism On The Rise In Georgia

Mar 12, 2018
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The Georgia Anti-Defamation League reports a 262 percent increase in expressions of anti-semitic sentiments from 2015 to last year. We look at what’s behind the uptick, and the role of educators in talking about this hateful activity in the classroom.

To walk around Berlin is to constantly, inevitably, trip over history.

Almost literally, in the case of the Stolpersteine, or "stumbling stones," embedded in the sidewalks outside homes where victims of the Holocaust once lived.

Germany's culture of "remembrance" around the Nazi years and the Holocaust is a well-documented and essential part of the nation's character. Though occasionally political parties may challenge it, those elements have thus far remained thoroughly fringe.

President Trump pledged to "confront anti-Semitism" at a Holocaust remembrance ceremony on Tuesday. His remarks at the U.S. Capitol follow a number of controversies relating to anti-Semitism and his administration.

"I will always stand with the Jewish people, and I will always stand with our great friend and partner, the state of Israel," the president said at the Holocaust Memorial Museum's Days of Remembrance ceremony. The gathering included Holocaust survivors and veterans.


Hundreds of Jewish Community Centers, synagogues, and schools have reported threats and vandalism in recent months.


In Atlanta, the Marcus Jewish Community Center has been one of the institutions affected by this troubling trend.