407-645-5933 ext. 236 info@jfgo.org

CONFRONTING HATE: IT’S OUR DUTY

Anti-Semitism and other forms of hate have no place in our society. We are resolute that we will not let bigotry and intolerance deter members of our community from participating in Jewish life. We urge all Central Floridians to stand with us to combat hate in all its forms. The resources on this page will help you, and we urge you to contact us should you need any assistance or support. Together, we stand in solidarity as American Jews and as klal Yisroel.

WHAT YOU CAN DO

RECOGNIZE

Some hate symbols are not as obvious as the swastika. Hate symbols can be found scrawled on the outside walls of synagogues, churches and schools; tattooed on the bodies of white supremacists; or displayed on jewelry and clothing. Extremists use these symbols because it gives them a sense of power and belonging, as well as a quick way of identifying others who share their beliefs.

The Anti-Defamation League’s Hate Symbols database is helpful in interpreting new or seemingly new signs that are anti-Semitic or tied to organizations with anti-Semitic views and missions.

This database provides an overview of many of the symbols most frequently used by a variety of white supremacist groups and movements, as well as some other types of hate groups. Please note that symbols depicted in the database must be evaluated in the context in which they appear. Few symbols ever represent just one idea or are used exclusively by one group. Some symbols in this database may be significant to people who are not extreme or racist

REPORT

To report a hate incident at your home or in a business, contact local law enforcement immediately.

 To report a hate incident on a school campus, contact a campus police liaison officer as well as school administrators. If the incident occurs in a classroom, notify the teacher immediately.

Incidents of online hate speech and harassment have also proliferated, whether through blogs, websites or social media. The Anti-Defamation League has prepared a Cyber-Safety Action Guide, through which you can access online companies’ hate-speech policies and report violations.

The more these incidents are tracked, the more resources can be put forth to stop them. Two organizations, the Anti-Defamation League and the Southern Poverty Law Center, are tracking hate incidents. If you are inclined, please submit your incident to them.

 

RESPOND

 Our collective advocacy as a community can bring about lasting change on the local, state and national levels.

Contact the White House and your congressional representatives and to urge them to support tougher anti-hate legislation.

Contact the White House and your national and state representatives and urge them to support legislation to protect students from religious harassment and discrimination on college campuses.

Work with your neighbors to urge local leaders to actively combat anti-Semitism and other forms of hate in your community.

Read more about your JCRC in action.

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Yonit Arthur

Yonit Arthur

Personal Trainer and Strength Coach

 

Yonit Arthur, a.k.a. “Coach/Dr. Yo," is a personal trainer and strength coach, and is currently building a boutique gym for women. She is also a licensed doctor of audiology with specialties in hearing and balance disorders, so she can get you fit and test your hearing at the same time! Yonit’s family moved to Israel when she was a child, and although she has made Central Florida her home, she visits her parents, siblings and nephews there often.

In the leadership program, her special interest is in helping working women and young mothers -- who are often overwhelmed with demands on their time and emotional energy- connect to their Jewish community and heritage in actionable, attainable ways.

By empowering people to find meaning and purpose on their own terms, she hopes to create momentum for positive change in our Central Florida community.

Stacey Fishkin

Stacey Fishkin

Recreation Guest Experience Manager

 

Stacey is originally from Springfield, NJ. In 2006, she graduated from Johnson and Wales University in Providence, Rhode Island with a degree in Sports, Entertainment and Event Management. From there, she was accepted into the Disney College program for a 7-month internship. During her internship, she knew she wanted to make working at Disney a career. She was able to advance in her Disney journey overseeing roles under the Recreation umbrella, including Lifeguards, Children’s Activities, Marinas and Training.

Upon moving to Orlando, she became involved with the Jewish Federation’s Or Hadash group, which connected her to other young Jewish people. In 2015, she and her husband, Mike, welcomed their first son, Joshua.

Stacey says it was important to them that Joshua carried on the same Jewish values as she did growing up. They were happy to learn about The Roth Family JCC’s Richard S. Adler Early Childhood Learning Center (ECLC) and knew it would be a great learning environment. In 2017, they welcomed a second son, Ethan, and later enrolled him at the ECLC.

Since 2017, Stacey’s family have been active members at the JCC and have built strong relationships in the community with other ECLC families. Stacey am excited to start her journey with the Bornstein Leadership Development Program and develop as a young Jewish Leader in the community.

Stacy Gotlib

Stacy Gotlib

Public school principal

 

Stacy Gotlib is married to Daniel Gotiib and has lived in the Orlando area since 1994, moving here from South Florida. She is very active both in her school community and the Jewish Community.

As a public school principal, she is a facilitator in training for the Florida Department of Education Commissioner’s Leadership Academy. In the Jewish Community, she serves on the Board of Trustees and is stepping into the role of Youth Committee Chair at Congregation Ohev Shalom. She has been a table captain at Choices for several years and she is very involved in SPARK Orlando’s leadership team.

Both of her children are very active in the Jewish Community, too. As such, Stacy is very passionate about building lasting relationships in the Jewish Community so that people of all ages continue to benefit from all that we offer.

Sarah Koren

Sarah Koren

Attorney

 

Sarah is Board Certified by The Florida Bar in Education Law. She serves as an attorney in the Orange County Public School’s Office of Legal Services where she specializes in exceptional student education and Office of Civil Rights student matters. She also provides legal support in the areas of McKay Scholarship, testing, behavior support, restraint/seclusion, accommodations and transition. Prior to joining the Office of Legal Services, Sarah served as an attorney in the Special Education and Mental Health Law Unit of Community Legal Services of Mid-Florida, Inc., where she represented dependent youth and families in special education, dependency, delinquency, and mental health matters. Prior to working at CLSMF, Sarah worked at the Legal Aid Society of the Orange County Bar Association, as an Equal Justice Works Fellow/Guardian ad Litem Program Education Attorney representing the educational and dependency (foster care) needs of foster youth.

Rachel Slavkin

Rachel Slavkin

Educator

 

Rachel brings to the Bornstein program years of leadership in her passion for working with and helping individuals with special needs. Rachel earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Special Education from Penn State University and has been working in the field for over 25 years. Rachel has taught special education in the K-12 system and was Special Education Department Chair of a public school district in Pennsylvania before moving to Central Florida. Rachel now serves on the faculty of Seminole State College in the Adult Education department. As a facilitator for Social Bridges, she leads social skills therapy groups for adolescents and adults with social challenges.

Rachel is one of the founding members on the Jewish Federation’s RAISE (Recognizing Abilities & Inclusion of Special Employees) Leadership Team and currently serves as Director of Employment and Education. Rachel’s family is the center of her life. She married the boy 7 houses away (so not technically next door). Rachel and her husband have two children, a son in college, and a daughter just beginning her post-collegiate “adult” life. Rachel is enjoying being an empty-nester with her husband and their 2 dogs.