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Aired Dec 15, 2022

This Year Hanukkah Begins Under a DHS Advisory Bulletin

Hanukkah begins on Sunday, December 18, though coming together may not feel as festive this year. Anti-Semitism, attacks against the LGBTQ+ community, and bias-motivated crimes against other marginalized groups are making many feel unsafe as they come together with friends and chosen family this holiday season.

We hosted a conversation about this article as a part of PFLAG Connects and Something to Talk About Live on Thursday, December 15. Did you miss it? You can still watch it here!

Article: DHS warns of domestic terror threats to LGBTQ, Jewish and migrant communities

Source: NBC News

Author: Julia Ainsley

Questions for Discussion:

  1. Have you noticed increased levels of hate or bias-related crimes in your community? If so, why do you think that is the case? If not, what do you credit for keeping your community safe?
  2. Are you surprised that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) made an announcement like this – focused on extremists inside the US rather than foreign threats? Why or why not?
  3. The DHS advisory bulletin specifically mentioned LGBTQ+, Jewish, and migrant communities. How do you think those communities are connected? What can we, as LGBTQ+ advocates, do to work in partnership with other targeted and marginalized groups?

Bonus Resources: Check out “Jewish security organizations and LGBTQ groups confront shared threats after the Colorado Springs shooting” from eJewish Philanthropy by Esther D. Kustanowitz and these resources from Keshet: For LGBTQ Equality in Jewish Life.

About Our Guests:

Rabbi Dayna Ruttenburg, Rabbi and author, danyaruttenberg.net

Faith Williams, Associate Director of Government Relations & Advocacy, NCJW

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Something to Talk About Live is a series designed by PFLAG National’s Straight for Equality program to create conversation about LGBTQ+ issues. Each week we offer an article on LGBTQ+ topics and suggest a few questions you can use to lead a discussion with your ERG, community group, or PFLAG chapter.