AJC New England connects our community with American Jewish Committee’s global advocacy work to enhance the well-being of the Jewish people and Israel. Our access to diplomats, elected officials, and interfaith leaders at the local level advances AJC’s broader priorities: combating antisemitism, promoting Israel’s place in the world, and countering the spread of radicalism and extremism.
Our impact extends well beyond New England, helping AJC achieve tangible results in the form of government policies, formidable alliances, and hard-hitting legislation that make our world safer and more secure:
We spearheaded Mayors United Against Antisemitism, a global AJC initiative that enlisted hundreds of mayors in the fight against antisemitism, including 350 mayors from all 50 states and the District of Columbia, and nearly 200 mayors from 31 European countries. Together, these officials represent 156 million people.
We also led a campaign of more than 100 internationally-acclaimed life science and healthcare academics against BDS-inspired academic boycotts of Israeli institutions and academics.
AJC New England’s Coexistence Award celebrates local leaders who have dedicated their lives to advancing our collective commitment to coexistence, pluralism, and democratic values.
Robert Leikind has been director of AJC New England since 2008, concentrating on the promotion of human rights and democratic values, enhancing intergroup understanding, and promoting the security and well-being of Jews and other vulnerable peoples in the United States, Israel, and around the world.