Why the Jews?

“Antisemitism is an indelible stain on human history.  The collective shame experienced for the utter degradation of the person should give rise to authentic repentance and to an acceptance of responsibility for promoting the dignity of each person.  There is a duty not only to study the history of antisemitism but also to remember it, for there is no future without memory.  Remembering the causes of antisemitism should rightly awaken the conscience.”

Brendan Murphy, Marist School history teacher.

Have you ever wondered how and why antisemitism began? 

Why the Jews?

Join us for an eye-opening and necessary discussion highlighting the roots of antisemitism, how it grew over the centuries, and the measures now being taken to restore relations with our Jewish brothers and sisters.

This is a two-part series:
Part 1 – Friday, Feb 3, 6:30 – 8:30 pm Ministry Hall (Please arrive at 6:15. Talk begins promptly at 6:30)
Part 2 – Saturday, Feb 4, 9:00 am – 11:30 am Ministry Hall (Light refreshments/coffee at 8:30. Babysitting for ages 6 months to 5 years provided for Saturday only.) 


We will publish information on Mr. Murphy’s next talk at a local parish as it becomes available.

Beginning with We Remember: A Reflection on the Shoah issued on March 16, 1998, by the Pontifical Commission for Religious Relations with the Jews, leaders including Saint John Paul II, Pope Benedict, and Pope Frances have urged Catholics to study the Holocaust to heal the wounds of past misunderstandings and injustices.  As the Commission members wrote in We Remember, “We call on all Christians to join us in meditating on the catastrophe which befell the Jewish people and on the moral imperative to ensure that never again will selfishness and hatred grow to the point of sowing such suffering.”

Many Marist families know Mr. Murphy as their child’s history teacher and leader of the school’s annual  Holocaust pilgrimage called “Bearing Witness”. Mr. Murphy has been a history teacher with Marist for the past 29 years. Though his passion to teach high school students continues, he now feels called to bring his expertise to the larger adult community.

As a renowned authority on the Holocaust and the history of antisemitism and a member of the Archbishop’s Committee for Ecumenical and Interreligious Relations for the Archdiocese of Atlanta, some of his accomplishments include:

  • The 2019 Outstanding Educator Award from the Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect
  • The 2017 Anti-Defamation League (ADL) Abe Goldstein Human Relations Award
  • Marist School’s Faber-McKinley-Stadler Award
  • Marist School’s Goizueta Chair of Excellence for 2013-2014
  • Educator of the Year by the University of Notre Dame for 2009
  • Georgia Outstanding Educator of the Year by the Georgia Commission on the Holocaust for 2009 and 2016
  • Named a Mandel Fellow by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
  • Lerner Fellow by the Jewish Foundation for the Righteous

Mr. Murphy’s presentation, “Why the Jews” is endorsed by the Archdiocese of Atlanta.