Words to Action

Words to Action: Empowering Students to Address Anti-Semitism is an interactive education program for students designed to empower and equip them to respond to anti-Semitism and anti-Israel bias, such as stereotypes and prejudice, vandalism, harassment and hate speech. Created by the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), ZBT partners with the ADL to bring this program to campuses across North America as part of our Hate Against One is Hate Against All campaign.

About Words to Action

Words to Action was created in the 1980s in response to a comprehensive survey of Jewish youth in New England conducted by the ADL. The findings indicated that middle and high school youth were regularly experiencing anti-Semitic comments, taunts, harassment and graffiti in the halls and classrooms of their schools and in their neighborhoods and communities. Rather than standing up to this prejudice, many youth remained silent, both in the face of oppression and later, when they returned to their homes and families. Today, as this type of anti-Semitism continues, many college students also face another form of anti-Semitism, that which is fueled by anti-Israel sentiment. On college campuses, escalating BDS campaigns ignite highly politicized debates that isolate supporters of Israel, generate hostile environments and single out Jewish students.

Words to Action helps young adults, family members, teachers and community members address the changing face of anti-Semitism.

How can I bring Words to Action to my campus?

ZBT aims to have every chapter and colony hear this program at least once every three years. We work with staff and volunteer facilitators to schedule presentations.

ZBT hosts this program for our chapters individually as well as in a joint session with Alpha Epsilon Phi Sorority, Sigma Alpha Mu Fraternity and Sigma Delta Tau Sorority. Representatives from the ADL co-lead the program.

For more information about bringing Words to Action to your chapter or becoming a volunteer facilitator, contact Director of Jewish Programs and Strategic Partnerships, Sheri Rosenberg.