Jewish Topics



“Origins of Neo-Nazi and White Supremacist Terms and Questions: A Glossary”:

“The Anti-Semitism We Didn’t see”:

“Seventy-Five Years after Auschwitz, Anti-Semitism is on the Rise”:

“How Anti-Semitism Rises on the Left and Right”

“How to Talk to Children about Anti-Semitism”:

“A Brief History of Anti-Semitism” (Anti-Defamation League):


Antisemitism: Part One of The Origins of Totalitarianism by Hannah Arendt

Citation: Arendt, H. (2012). Antisemitism: Part one of the origins of totalitarianism (Vol. 1). Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

On Antisemitism: Solidarity and the Struggle for Justice by Jewish Voice for Peace (Contributor), Judith Butler (Foreword)

Citation: (2018). On Antisemitism: Solidarity and the Struggle for Justice. Forward by Judith Butler. Jewish Voice for Peace. Haymarket Books.

How to Fight Anti-Semitism by Bari Weiss

Antisemitism: Here and Now by Deborah E. Lipstadt

Antisemitism Education


Addressing Anti-Semitism Through Education: Guidelines for Policymakers

Citation: ODIHR, O. (2018). Addressing Anti-Semitism Through Education: Guidelines for Policymakers [Brochure].

A Guide to Difficult Conversations about Israel and Palestine from Jewish Voice for Peace





Hannah Arendt




Judith Butler


Antisemitism Today

Violent antisemitism and hatred did not end with the Holocaust and are on the rise. Using examples from Europe, the Middle East, and the United States, this seven-minute film explains how antisemitic violence and Holocaust denial are a threat to liberal society today.

The Rise of Anti-Semitism

As the faithful celebrate the festival of Hanukkah, hate incidents targeting Jews - involving vandalism, incitements to violence, mass shootings and online attacks - have increased dramatically. Correspondent Rita Braver talks with The New York Times' Jonathan Weisman, whose experience being trolled by anti-Semitic hatemongers online inspired his book, "(((Semitism))): Being Jewish in America in the Age of Trump." Braver also talks with historian Deborah Lipstadt, and with Rabbi Jeffrey Meyers, who witnessed 11 congregants being gunned down at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh earlier this year.

Hannah Arendt Film

Summary: In 1961, writer and philosopher Hannah Arendt travels to Israel for the New Yorker magazine to cover the infamous Nazi Adolf Eichmann's trial for war crimes. Her analysis of Eichmann results in a morally complex controversy and personal consequences.

What is Judaism

Summary: Judaism (the Jewish Religion) is defined as the totality of beliefs and practices of the Jewish people, as given by G‑d and recorded in the Torah (Hebrew Bible) and subsequent sacred writings of Judaism. 

Introduction to Judaism

Summary: Belief is a seven-part documentary series hosted by Oprah Winfrey which travels across the globe to explore the traditional practices of religion and spirituality such as Christianity, Islam, Hinduism and Atheism.


Chabad @ UCSB

Chabad of S. Barbara is dedicated to serving all Jews throughout S. Barbara County with unconditional love, respect, and concern. Chabad is committed to promoting Jewish knowledge, awareness, and practice, strengthening Jewish identity, and affording every Jew the opportunity to experience the joy and vibrancy of his or her Jewish heritage. Chabad is devoted to providing exemplary educational, religious, and social services for young and old alike, regardless of background or affiliation.

Congregation B’nai B’rith

We are the oldest and largest synagogue in Santa Barbara, a congregation rich with memories and tradition, constantly seeking new ways of engaging every one of our members in the ancient and marvelous Jewish way of life.  We cherish and honor our elders, with their deep wisdom and varied life experiences, and we are passionately devoted to our children, working unceasingly to provide them with a satisfying and enjoyable Jewish foundation that will last them for their entire lives.

Iranian Jewish Student Association at UCSB

Creating a community for UCSB students of Mizrahi, Middle Eastern, and/or Persian Jewish descent.

Jewish Voice for Peace - Santa Barbara

Through grassroots organizing, education, advocacy, and media, Jewish Voice for Peace work to achieve a lasting peace that recognizes the rights of both Israelis and Palestinians for security and self-determination.

Santa Barbara Hillel

Santa Barbara Hillel exists to enrich student lives so that they may enrich our community, the Jewish people, and the world. We are an independent non-profit student life organization affiliated with Hillel International. Santa Barbara Hillel enables students to connect with one another in a Jewish environment at their “Jewish Home Away From Home.” We offer a safe, welcoming, and pluralistic presence as a vibrant center of student life in Isla Vista. Read our full mission and vision here. Santa Barbara Hillel is proactive in standing up for our students, building bridges, and fostering a positive campus climate. Santa Barbara Hillel is uniquely positioned to reach students at this formative time in their lives by providing them with the tools they need to help create the Jewish future.

Student Leadership BoardWe are looking for students who can work well in teams, who are interested in being a part of a leadership community and who are passionate about Jewish life at UCSB and SBCC. 

Students Supporting Israel - UCSB

Students Supporting Israel (SSI) is a Pro-Israel international campus movement that supports the State of Israel. Our mission is to be a clear and confident Pro-Israel voice on college campuses and to support students in grassroots Pro-Israel advocacy.

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

A living memorial to the Holocaust, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum inspires citizens and leaders worldwide to confront hatred, prevent genocide, and promote human dignity. Federal support guarantees the Museum’s permanent place on the National Mall, and its far-reaching educational programs and global impact are made possible by generous donors.

Jewish Federation of Santa Barbara

Every day of every year the Jewish Federation of Greater Santa Barbara works with hundreds of local, national and international agencies to transform lives and deliver hope, dignity and comfort to millions of people at home, in Israel and around the world—ordinary people facing extraordinary needs even in ordinary times.


UCSB Library Subject Guide on Jewish Studies

UCSB Library holds various materials related to Jewish Studies, including books, databases, music recordings, videos, and more! We also have materials in a variety of languages, including but not limited to English, Hebrew, and Yiddish. 

PJ Library

PJ Library sends free, award-winning books that celebrate Jewish values and culture to families with children 6 months through 12 years old. 


Different communities and individuals follow different minhagim (traditions) and versions of halacha (Jewish law), as well as different nusach (prayer and liturgy traditions). We have tried to provide a mix of perspectives, from ultra-orthodox sources like Chabad’s website, to egalitarian denominations’ resources like Anshe Emet synagogue’s nusach Ashkenaz mp3s, to non-denominational learning tools like Duolingo. Sometimes the same text or concept appears multiple times in this list, to allow you to choose which angle, commentary, or language you want. If you’re unsure whether a resource is right for you, take time to learn about the perspective of the writer or organization.