Christian students train in confronting antisemitism

Participants at the RISE Conference held by the organization Passages Israel. Photo: Mattanah DeWitt via Passages.

Confronting antisemitism on college campuses was a key topic at the recent RISE Conference, an annual gathering of alumni of Passages Israel trips.

Passages is an organization that equips Christian college students to be informed voices for Israel on campuses around the country. In 2022, the group brought 620 multi-denominational Christian students from 23 universities on educational trips to Israel.

At the conference near Dallas in late October, which drew more than 100 people from across the U.S. and Israel, Passages alumni “reencountered Israel” and held sessions on professional development.

“We stressed the importance of speaking out against antisemitism whenever we witness it — no matter where it comes from — and gave our students the tools to do so,” said Serene Hudson, vice president of Israel engagement for Passages.

She cited such things as “expressing written support online for Jewish friends and confronting anti-Semitism when it appears — in our churches or among our families and friends — rather than only joining mass campaigns against celebrities in the public eye.”