Proverbs 4:13: “Take hold of instruction, do not let go. Guard her, for she is your life.”
Proverbs 4:6-7: “Do not forsake wisdom, and she will protect you; love her, and she will watch over you. The beginning of wisdom is this: Get wisdom, though it cost all you have, get understanding.”
Proverbs 3:13: “Blessed are those who find wisdom, those who gain understanding.”
Proverbs 9:9: “Give instruction to a wise man and he will be still wiser, teach a righteous man and he will increase his learning.”
These verses can help explain why we value and focus on education with such vigilance. Our Holocaust Education Fund, Hebrew University Scholarship Fund, and Auschwitz Album Revisited booklet are about learning from the past, applying it to today, and preparing for the future-all with a godly perspective and an authentic biblical worldview.
The last few weeks we talked about the Holocaust Education event happening in the spring— Violins of Hope—for community members to learn from the past to make a better today and tomorrow for Jews around the world: Fighting antisemitism requires knowledge and awareness put into practice, not just memorializing events from the past.
This week, on Friday, Nov. 19 in Washington DC the movement known as End Jew Hatred (#endjewhatred) is organizing a rally outside the UNWRA headquarters in DC a rally to raise awareness of and to combat antisemitic curriculum being funded by the UN in Palestinian schools. I will be one of the speakers, and I encourage you to follow the live stream or come in person if you can!
You can find the event live streams on this website Endjewhatred.com
Follow along any of their social media sites as well (Including on YouTube).
The U.N. Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) uses US and other nations’ funding for schools. A large portion of the funding is US taxpayer dollars. The Biden administration has already provided $318 million to this UN organization. Current UN and US Policies and laws mandate that the curriculum must be neutral in its politics. However, textbooks being used may note equality for all, it carves out a glaring exception: Jews and Israel. A blatant demonstration of antisemitism. The curriculum in use is a violation of US policy and UN policy that requires funding be contingent on textbooks vetted and approved to be used in the classrooms. But the Palestinian Authority is using their bias and hate-filled books in the classrooms of UN funded schools—and have been for years. This is a form of child abuse and indoctrination that means no chance of peace or co-existence is possible if the next generation is being taught that Israel has no right to exist and violence to wipe it from the map, and any Jew or Zionist’s life, is justifiable (let alone encouraged).
In addition to this very overt antisemitism that we are vocally opposing, our 2021 Hebrew University scholarship recipient has been chosen! Joshua Sherril. Joshua is grateful for your contribution to his life-long mission to value and relay the story of the Jewish people to generations to come. He shares with us his gratitude in a video message included in this week’s video release of this report.
Thank you all, for your continued support for The Jerusalem Connection.
Your contributions to our general fund or to any of our particular ministries, and your participation in our events and outreaches, are priceless; I am sure treasures in heaven are piling up.
Shavua Tov, have a great week