March 11, 2012

3 - 5 pm             


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4545 MacArthur Blvd. Newport Beach, CA 92660


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The ZOA congratulates the ZOA's Susan Tuchman and the founders of the AMCHA Initiative, Tammi Rossman-Benjamin and Dr. Leila Beckwith, for calling upon University of California President Mark Yudof to condemn acts of anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism on campus.    


As a first step, President Yudof wrote an open letter condemning recent acts of anti-Jewish bigotry on UC campuses.  

Click here to read the letter.  

Click here to read the ZOA's response.


Join these dynamic activists this Sunday for the ZOA Orange County Chapter's panel discussion:   




A timely discussion geared to students, parents and educators on how to recognize and respond effectively to anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism on campus.



  • Extent of anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism on college campuses, including Cal State and University of California systems as well as private colleges
  • Where and how anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism are most often encountered (e.g. classrooms, anti-Israel rallies, campus clubs, actions and inaction by administrators)
  • How to recognize anti-Semitic and anti-Zionist sentiment and harassment
  • How to tell the difference between legitimate criticism of Israel and anti-Semitism
  • Rights of Jewish students under United States law and available legal tools
  • Steps students should take if they fall victim to anti-Semitism




Susan Tuchman is the director of the ZOA's Center for Law and Justice. Named in 2006 by the Forward newspaper as one of 50 most influential members of the Jewish community, Ms. Tuchman has effectively advocated for Jewish students facing anti-Semitism and Israel-bashing on their college campuses.  Under her leadership, the ZOA filed a landmark civil rights complaint on behalf of Jewish students at UC Irvine who had been subjected to years of anti-Semitic harassment and intimidation. Largely due to the ZOA's efforts, the U.S. Department of Education issued a new policy in October 2010, making it clear that Jewish students at federally-funded schools are protected from anti-Semitic harassment and intimidation under federal law. 


Tammi Rossman-Benjamin, a Lecturer in Hebrew and Jewish Studies at UC Santa Cruz, writes and lectures on academic anti-Zionism and anti-Semitism and on the growing threat to the safety of Jewish college students. She co-chaired a 2010 scholarly workshop at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. entitled "Contemporary Anti-Semitism in Higher Education." Her complaint under Title VI of the 1964 U.S. Civil Rights Law, alleging harassment and intimidation of Jewish students at UC Santa Cruz, is currently under investigation by the Department of Education.  


Dr. Leila Beckwith, Professor Emerita in Pediatrics at UCLA, is a developmental psychologist who has taught and conducted research for more than 30 years. The Second Intifada and the 9-11 assault against America led her to become politically active within the University of California system. Ms. Rossman-Benjamin and Dr. Beckwith recently founded the AMCHA Initiative, a grass-roots advocacy coalition dedicated to protecting Jewish students on campuses within California. They also co-founded the Investigative Taskforce on Campus Antisemitism, which investigates and reports on campus incidents throughout the entire U.S. and makes recommendations for improvement.  

About the ZOA
Founded in 1897, the Zionist Organization of America ("ZOA") is the oldest pro-Israel organization in the United States. With offices around the country and in Israel, the ZOA is dedicated to educating the public, elected officials, media, and college/high school students about the truth of the ongoing and relentless Arab war against Israel. ZOA is also committed to promoting strong U.S.-Israel relations. ZOA works to protect Jewish college and high school students from intimidation, harassment and discrimination, and in fighting anti-Semitism in general. To learn more about the ZOA, go to www.zoa.org.