AJC New Jersey connects our community with AJC’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 global priorities: combating antisemitism, promoting Israel’s place in the world, and countering the spread of radicalism and extremism.
Our impact extends well beyond New Jersey, 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.
AJC New Jersey engages in advocacy with local, state, and national legislators and with diplomatic leaders in support of our core initiatives. In addition to participating in AJC’s national diplomatic outreach, we build one-on-one relationships with key countries’ UN ambassadors and consuls general stationed in New York.
Our innovative programming—our Expert Breakfast Series, parlor meetings, and exclusive donor events—bring AJC’s global mission to life at the local level.
February 24, 2021
From Swastika to Jim Crow: Reflecting on an important chapter in Black-Jewish relations
In honor of Black History Month, join Dr. Lillie Edwards, Professor Emerita of History and African-American Studies at Drew University, and Steven Fischler and Joel Sucher, co-producers of the 2000 documentary From Swastika to Jim Crow, to discuss the little-known story of German-Jewish refugees, who, expelled from their homeland by Hitler and the Nazis, found new lives and careers at historically Black colleges and universities in the American South. With antisemitic, anti-immigrant, and racist rhetoric once again on the rise, this film is as important today as it was when it was released over 20 years ago.
Debunking Stereotypes: Latinos and the Future of American Politics
The 2020 presidential election was a watershed moment in the growth and momentum of Latino political power and mobilization. With 16.6 million votes cast, Latinos played a key role in swinging election results in several battleground states. And yet, a majority of pre-election polls got the “Latino vote” wrong. Join Arturo Vargas, CEO of the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials, and Mike Madrid, an expert on Latino voting trends, as they address the diversity and complexity of the Latino communities and their growing impact on national politics.
Prior to joining AJC, Rabbi David Levy served as rabbi of Temple Shalom of Succasunna, N.J., Congregation Kol Haverim of Glastonbury, C.T., Congregation B’nai El of St. Louis, M.O., and associate rabbi of Congregation B’nai Jeshurun of Short Hills, N.J.