Protecting our Jewish Community
ADL Pacific Southwest Region keeps Jewish institutions informed of security issues through security briefings and alerts. We assist victims of anti-Semitism or discrimination. ADL works with local elected officials, the media, law enforcement, government agencies, school districts, colleges and universities on issues of concern to the Jewish community.
ADL evaluates discrimination complaints for victims of discrimination based on race, religion, national origin, gender, disability or sexual orientation.
One of ADL's longest-standing community education programs,
Confronting Anti-Semitism is offered in two formats in the Pacific Southwest Region. One teaches youth groups and synagogue students in grades 6 through 11 about the history of anti-Semitism and how to respond to modern-day anti-Semitism. The other provides seniors at Jewish schools with tools for responding to anti-Israel and anti-Semitic activities they may encounter on college campuses. Every program is tailored to the specific audience and community. In addition to interactive training, ADL provides participants with numerous ADL resources.
The Pacific Southwest Region hosts in-depth Holocaust education seminars for educators and community members. In the past, ADL and the Archdiocese of Los Angeles have presented Bearing Witness™, an educational workshop to provide Catholic school educators tools to teach about anti-Semitism, the history of Jewish-Catholic relations, the Holocaust, and bigotry in contemporary society. For nearly thirty years, ADL has also partnered with the Los Angeles Unified School District on a Holocaust Education Workshop for public school teachers. In November 2011, ADL and our various community partners launched a new Holocaust Education Institute, which combines the best resources on teaching the Holocaust for educators in all private, parochial and public schools The Pacific Southwest Region also offers training for and copies of Echoes and Reflections – A Multimedia Curriculum on the Holocaust.
A WORLD OF DIFFERENCE® Institute
ADL's A WORLD OF DIFFERENCE® Institute offers anti-bias and diversity education, training and materials for educators, staff, students, families, and community leaders to counter prejudice and bigotry, as well as promote positive human relations through increased knowledge and understanding. A WORLD OF DIFFERENCE® Institute programs include: STEP UP! Assembly Program; The Miller Early Childhood Initiative; Anti-Bias Teacher Training; Becoming an Ally: Interrupting Name Calling and Bullying; Trickery, Trolling and Threats: Understanding and Addressing Cyberbullying; Cyberbullying: Focus on the Legal Issues; Identification & Recognition of Hate-Motivated Behavior; Youth & Family Service Program; Peer Leadership Program; Peer Training Program.
The Speakers Bureau provides speakers to community and educational groups in Southern California. Speakers are committed ADL activists who reach out to members of the community, heightening their awareness of important issues and providing information on topics of concern ADL. Contact the Pacific Southwest Region office if you would like to arrange a speaker for a social club or community group.
ADL Pacific Southwest Region maintains close ties to local, state and federal legislators, lobbies on pending legislation, organizes meetings with elected officials to discuss issues of concern to ADL, and assists legislators with resources and programs.
With more than 90 consular offices based in Los Angeles, the ADL Pacific Southwest Region maintains an active outreach program to the international diplomatic corps based in Los Angeles. ADL raises awareness of issues of concern to Jewish communities around the world and advocates for Israel through regular contact with representatives of foreign countries based in Los Angeles.
Asian Jewish Initiative
The Initiative was founded by the Anti-Defamation League in December 2006 as a partnership with the Asian Pacific American Legal Center, Japanese American National Museum, Korean American Coalition, Leadership Education for Asian Pacifics and Search to Involve Pilipino Americans. The Initiative's mission is: "to advance alliances and partnerships between Asian and Jewish communities in Los Angeles through constructive dialogue and exploration of common ground; to empower and enrich both communities; and to foster a positive environment for open and frank discussion about topics of mutual concern."
Latino Jewish Roundtable
The Latino Jewish Roundtable was founded in the early 1990’s as a gathering of business leaders from the Latino and Jewish communities. Today, the Roundtable provides a forum for open discussion and dialogue about issues of mutual concern and now includes civic, community and academic leaders.
Glass Leadership Institute
The Glass Leadership Institute is a ten-month program designed to educate a select group of dynamic young adults in their late 20's to early 40's about the crucial work of ADL. The Institute provides a series of intensive, stimulating, informative and interactive seminars on hate crimes, terrorism, extremism, global anti-Semitism, separation of Church and State, Israel advocacy, government affairs, anti-bias training, and Holocaust education.
Young Leaders Committee
The Young Leaders Committee oversees an outreach effort to educate; recruit and sustain the future leaders of ADL. It introduces the mission, policies, and activities of ADL to new and young audiences through social programs held in casual settings.
Helene and Joseph Sherwood Prize for Combating Hate
Law enforcement officers put their lives on the line every day to protect Americans from the threat of extremism, terrorism and hate—and are often the first line of defense. The Anti-Defamation League’s Sherwood Prize recognizes those law enforcement professionals who are so committed to their work that they make a significant difference in their communities and serve as role models for their departments. We honor those officers who go above and beyond the call of duty to protect the community from hatred and bigotry.
Law Enforcement Outreach and Training
ADL provides resources and training to law enforcement on the threats of extremism and terrorism. Special updates are sent to our law enforcement partners about extremism groups and individuals, hate crimes, tattoo and symbol recognition, and cross-jurisdictional matters.
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