About Our Organization
The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) was founded in 1913 to stop the defamation of the Jewish people and to secure justice and fair treatment to all. Now the nation's premier civil rights/human relations agency, ADL fights all forms of bigotry, defends democratic ideals and protects civil rights for all through information, education, legislation, and advocacy.
A leader in the development of materials, programs and services, ADL builds bridges of communication, understanding and respect among diverse groups, carrying out its mission through a network of 27 Regional and Satellite Offices in the United States and an office in Israel.
The Anti-Defamation League fights anti-Semitism and all forms of bigotry in the U.S. and abroad through information, education, legislation and advocacy. ADL serves as a resource for government, media, law enforcement, educators and the public.
No Place for Hate®:
The No Place for Hate® program began in Philadelphia in 2001. No Place for Hate® initiative provides schools and communities with an organizing framework for combating bias, bullying and hatred, leading to long-term solutions for creating and maintaining a positive climate. It is endorsed by then Governor Rendell of Pennsylvania and is active in more than 220 schools and communities throughout the region.
Responding to Bullying & Cyberbullying:
Cyberbullying and bullying are growing problems affecting almost half of all U.S. teens. Many adults are unaware of the problem and schools are often unsure how to respond to bullying and cyberbullying. The Anti-Defamation League is responding to the problem through educational programs for students, teachers, and parents and through legislative efforts.
A WORLD OF DIFFERENCE® Institute:
As a leading provider of anti-bias education, the ADL's A WORLD OF DIFFERENCE Institute provides customizable, interactive training programs that incorporate the latest research from the education field and are used by schools,universities, corporations, law enforcement agencies, and community organizations throughout the United States and abroad.
Law Enforcement Training:
ADL works in partnership with and trains law enforcement personnel on the federal, state and local level to fight hate, extremism and terrorism.
Law Enforcement and Society:
Law Enforcement and Society is an innovative training that increases law enforcement personnel's understanding of their roles as protectors of the American people and the Constitution. ADL partners with, among others, the Philadelphia Police Department and trains its recruits.
The Confronting Anti-Semitism project seeks to empower Jewish teens to respond safely and effectively to anti-Semitic incidents and to challenge the anti-Semitic stereotypes that are often at the root of these incidents. Students participate in interactive workshops, where they discuss their own experiences with anti-Semitism, learn about common anti-Semitic “myths” and explore safe and constructive ways to respond to anti-Semitic slurs and incidents.
The Holocaust is woven into the very existence of those who lived during that time some seven decades ago. Today, young people’s knowledge of this horrific chapter of history is limited by educators’ choices in planning their classroom curriculum. Although the mandate of “Never Again” has proved difficult to achieve, the lessons of the Holocaust remain relevant and significant in the lives of youth, including the dangers of silence, the consequences of indifference, and the responsibility to protect the vulnerable. Through programs and curriculum, ADL helps educators bring these lessons to life for students. Echoes and Reflection Curriculum Training workshops are held throughout the year and region, enabling educators to gain access to this valuable multimedia resource. Bearing Witness ™ brings together Catholic school educators from across Pennsylvania and Delaware for a unique series of presentations on anti-Semitism, the Holocaust, and Catholic-Jewish relations.
Glass Leadership Institute:
GLI was founded to energize a new generation of committed activists to dedicate themselves to ADL’s vital mission. The Philadelphia Regional office was one of the first to offer the Institute, which is now active in 24 other regions, creating a nation-wide network of young, dynamic leadership. The goal of the program is to provide a broad exposure to the Anti-Defamation League’s programs and resources and create a cadre of adults who will take on regional and national leadership positions in the ADL. Participants gain first-hand exposure to ADL’s activities and resources.
Next Generation Leadership:
The Next Generation Leadership Division is made up of individuals, between the ages of 25-40, who are dedicated to enhancing their commitment and connection to the work of the Anti-Defamation League.
Summer Associate Research Program:
ADL's Summer Associate Research Program gives participating law firm associates the opportunity to research topics of particular interest to ADL, while exposing the students to interesting civil rights issues.