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Request for Inclusion Into the Ethnic Studies Program Launched by the JCRC

Liza Cablayan Journalist at Israel Now
Published on September 18, 2020
Request for Inclusion Into the Ethnic Studies Program Launched by the JCRC
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A press release was sent out about the campaign launched by the Jewish Community Relations Council to be included in the state’s Ethnic Studies Model Curriculum for schools offering K-12.

The request was because they saw the curriculum to have excluded American Jewish experience and antisemitism in the country. There are also groups that are questioning the curriculum, such as the Armenians, Hellenics, Hindus and Koreans.

The JCRC also reiterated that Jews of color also live in the state. Persian Jews, numbering tens of thousands, and with the recent uptake in antisemitism in California, the JCRC then requests Jewish narratives to be included in the curriculum.

The first draft of the plan did not include Jews, but had anti-Jewish and anti-Israeli ideals. There is second with suggestions for change by the state Department of Education last August that was to remove the derogatory content. But nothing was done.

By the end of September, the last proposal will be under public scrutiny and will be drafted by March 2021.

The organization is focusing entirely on making sure that a meaningful meaning of antisemitism be included in the curriculum, along with removing anything derogatory about the Jews, Israelis, and Israel specifically. There should also be conditions in place to avoid that language out of the classroom soon.

The Jewish Community Relations Council is also the central public affairs arm in the region, and it has argued that if the curriculum continues with narrating ideals beyond the four foundational ethnic study groups, such as the African Americans, Asian Americans, Native Americans, and Latin Americans, then Jewish American should also be included.