Engaging on Social

How to: Engage on Social

Tips for Sharing and Engaging on Social Media

One of the most influential and trusted sources of information on the conflict is people’s friends and families.

We’re not going to be able to use social media to change the world, but we can use it to share messages and information so our non-Jewish colleagues, friends and family can understand the conflict and rising antisemitism from our perspective.

Here are some guidelines to help you engage.

Stay safe, stay positive and don’t share the negative

  • Try to be positive whenever possible.
  • Follow community accounts and friends.
  • Amplify (re post, share) others.

Do not share harmful or negative images and posts, because you could inadvertently be boosting their popularity while exposing your friends and family to hateful content.

We believe it is most reflective of the Jewish tradition and culture in our community to post and re-post inspiring and educational stories, memes and images. Make sure your online presence is positive. This includes ensuring that you are not being overly dramatic or overstating things in your posts. A little bit of moderation goes a long way.

Remember that a lot of people use hyperbole, exaggeration and half-truths as a communication tool to break through the barrage of information. Being inflammatory may work in the short-term, but it does so at a long-term cost: credibility.

Do not respond to hateful messages or attacks. Take a screenshot, block individuals and report them to the social media platform.

If you are feeling threatened, contact the police and then report the incident to the ADL.

Never share personal information online.

The Truth is Our Friend

There is a lot of false information circulating – make sure you verify information before you share it.

There are common myths and stereotypes about our community, Israel and the conflict. A good resource can be found here.

Make sure you know your boundaries, and step away from social media if you need to.

There are mental health resources available to you: reach out if you need help.