American Jewish Committee (AJC) believes in ensuring the well-being of the Jewish people and defending democratic values for all. As the Atlanta office of AJC, we connect our community to AJC’s global advocacy work. Our local access to diplomats, elected officials, and ethnic and religious leaders advances AJC’s broader global priorities: combating antisemitism, promoting Israel’s place in the world, and promoting pluralism and democratic values.
Through innovative initiatives and coalitions, AJC Atlanta engages in high-level diplomacy with representatives of foreign governments in Atlanta and the Southeast. Each year we host a Southeast Diplomatic Marathon, a series of meetings with diplomats from nations across the world, where AJC leaders promote our advocacy priorities. We also meet frequently with local, state, and federal elected officials to advocate on behalf of legislation that impacts the Jewish community and our partners.
Our intergroup work allows us to leverage longstanding relationships with diverse ethnic and religious communities to advance issues of common concern. The Atlanta Black-Jewish Coalition, founded in 1982, has emerged as a central platform for education, outreach, and advocacy. We also work with the Latino, Asian, Indian, Christian, and Muslim communities to build bridges of understanding.
Through our Leaders for Tomorrow (LFT) program for high school students, we prepare the next generation to develop skills to advocate on behalf of the Jewish people, Israel, and human rights around the world, and to serve as positive change agents for their peers and community. We also host ACCESS, Atlanta’s premier young Jewish professionals program. Founded over 25 years ago, ACCESS prepares the next generation of Jewish leaders to engage the key challenges facing the global Jewish community, and empowers young Jewish activists to shape the conversation on today's critical domestic and international issues.
For over 75 years, our impact has been evident beyond the Atlanta community, yielding tangible results in government policies, strategic alliances, and hard-hitting legislation that have shaped our world for the better.
November 10, 2021
2021 National Human Relations Award
American Jewish Committee (AJC) Atlanta is proud to present the National Human Relations Award to Dr. Valerie Montgomery Rice, President and Dean of the Morehouse School of Medicine, and Dr. Jonathan S. Lewin, CEO of Emory Healthcare. We are honored to recognize these two outstanding leaders for their important work in keeping our community safe and healthy.