Welcome to The Ninth Candle
Our mission is to end antisemitism by sharing knowledge. We fulfill this mission through innovative educational programs for students and professional development programs for teachers. Our programs will always be free of charge.
In September 2020, a 50-state survey asked people aged 18-to-39 what they knew about the Holocaust. One in eight did not know what it was. Nearly a quarter thought it was exaggerated, or even a myth. And nearly half could not name a single Nazi camp or ghetto. None of this is surprising: there are 33 states that do not require the Holocaust to be studied in schools.
While our memory of the Holocaust dwindles, Jewish people are becoming one of America’s most discriminated-against groups. Even the broadest estimates say that they make up less than 4% of the population, but more than a third of them have experienced abuse or attacks in the last five years. This type of discrimination is called antisemitism. In 2019, over 2,000 antisemitic incidents were recorded across America – a 12% increase on 2018. Of them, nearly 500 were in K-12 schools, and nearly 200 were in colleges or universities. Commentators have described the situation as a crisis.
The ongoing failure of Holocaust education, coupled with the steep, continual rise in antisemitism, is proof that America’s existing ways of addressing antisemitism are not working.
A radical new approach to antisemitism is needed. One suited to the needs and demands of the 21st century. One rooted not in a will to fight, but in a wish to share knowledge. One that focuses on the most effective tool against all forms of discrimination: education.
The Ninth Candle is that radical new approach.
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