The Anti-Defamation League is an international Jewish non-governmental organization based in the United States. As the nation's premier civil rights/human relations agency, the ADL fights anti-Semitism and all forms of bigotry, defends democratic ideals, and protects civil rights for all, doing so through information, education, legislation, and advocacy.
Founded in October 1913 by the Independent Order of B'nai B'rith, a Jewish service organization in the United States, its mission is to To stop the defamation of the Jewish people, and to secure justice and fair treatment to all.
ADL was founded on Jewish values that inform it’s work, how it operates and the changes it seeks in the world. It has always meant stopping anti-Semitism and defending the Jewish people. Today, it also means fighting threats to our very democracy, including cyberhate, bullying, bias in schools and in the criminal justice system, terrorism, hate crimes, coercion of religious minorities, and contempt for anyone who is different.
ADL leads the way in creating respectful, inclusive and civil environments.These goals also reflect it’s core values; values it’s actively promote in every community it reaches. ADL carries out this charge globally and locally, inside and outside classrooms, serving diverse populations. It works with a wide variety of partners, from schools to law enforcement agencies to interfaith groups, and in any number of settings, from public forums to Congress. And it calls on every means available - from ADL-authored curricula to a wealth of online resources and in-person trainings.
Change happens only when everyone understands how bigoted words can lead to discrimination and violent actions; what threats to democracy and individual rights look like, including silently standing by; and what responsible, participatory citizens need to do to bring about a just, civil society.
ADL’s Education Department provides educational programs, training and resources for grades PreK-12 and college/university settings. The anti-bias and bullying prevention programs assist educators and students in understanding and challenging bias and building ally behaviors. The work in confronting anti-Semitism empowers young people with constructive responses to combat anti-Semitism. We also have programs and resources to help students explore and critically reflect on the lessons of the Holocaust. The education programs introduce young people to the atrocities of Nazi Europe with eye witness accounts, making it a lens through which to recognize where hate can lead if left unchecked.
ADL also exposes anti-Semitic words and actions; some linked to deeply ingrained, centuries-old anti-Jewish bias—and conducts detailed polls to track American and global trends.
The Anti-Defamation League is the premier organization monitoring, tracking and responding to anti-Semitism in the United States. Through a network of 26 regional offices, it is able to act quickly when anti-Semitism affects our cities, communities, and campuses.
The ADL has 29 offices in the United States and three offices in other countries, with its headquarters located in New York City.
ADL is currently training students from across Europe so they can go back to their home
countries with tools and knowledge of how to fight anti semitism.
In the program, which was founded and being organized by Andrew Srulevitch, the
participants meet a wide array of Jewish leaders, attende the ADL National Leadership
Summit and hear ADL experts discuss the definition of anti-Semitism, Israel and anti-Semitism,
around the world, how to fight cyberhate, and how to respond to anti-semitism and
Andrew Srulevitch , ADl
Director, European Affairs
Asst. Director, International Affairs