Through its vibrant Education Division, ADL strives to create a society free from hate.
It works through four fundamental areas: K-12 and higher education programs;
community-based educational programs; development of educational materials, and expansion
of ADL programs in nontraditional learning arenas, such as corporations and government
Together with the University of Pennsylvania Center for the Study of Diversity
Education, A WORLD OF DIFFERENCE Institute is designing and implementing a validation
study of its materials.
In cooperation with a number of national, regional and local education organizations
and projects, ADL programs in 1997 included: co-sponsorship of a national
College/University Diversity Workshop with the National Association for Campus Activities;
cooperation with the New York City Board of Education to create an essay contest in honor
of Chiune Sugihara, the Japanese Consul to Lithuania during World War II who issued
thousands of visas to Japan to Jewish refugees fleeing the Holocaust and is the only
Japanese citizen recognized by Israel as being among the Righteous of the Nations;
creation of a Study Guide with Lifetime Learning System which corresponded with the
WNBC-TV network broadcast of "Schindler's List"; formation of an alliance with
Blacks and Jews in Conversation -- an organization consisting of sitting judges of the New
York Supreme Court who strengthen Black/Jewish relations; collaboration with the European
Union to bring the A WORLD OF DIFFERENCE Institute Peer Training Program to five member
countries; uniting with Dartmouth College to implement and evaluate an ongoing student
diversity initiative (funded by the Trinitas Foundation), and co-sponsorship of two
national conferences with the National Institute for Dispute Resolution and the National
Association for Mediation in Education.
New materials included a student-produced video entitled "The Faces of
Bigotry," which consists of several video vignettes aimed at starting conversations
about diversity-related issues; a national Peer Training Manual, and numerous study guides
to accompany ADL-distributed publications and videos. Through funding by the Bertelsmann
Science Foundation, A WORLD OF DIFFERENCE Institute materials are being adapted and
published for use throughout Germany.
CHILDREN OF THE DREAM∆
Originally created to address the rift between African Americans and American Jews,
this program brings Ethiopian-Israeli students to the U.S. to share with American students
their experiences as Black Jews. CHILDREN OF THE DREAM now includes a trip to Israel by
some of the American students to reunite with their Ethiopian-Israeli friends.
In 1997, as part of this impressive program, 21 Black, Latino and Asian-American
teen-agers from Los Angeles, Santa Ana (CA) and Seattle traveled to Israel for two weeks.
In the program's newest phase, called Dream Dialogue, Jewish students and the young
people of color who went to Israel make a commitment to meet on a monthly basis, develop
leadership skills and work with their peers to fight bigotry.
The A WORLD OF DIFFERENCE Institute's outstanding anti-bias and diversity-training
teams in the U.S. have inspired and generated similar -- and much needed -- programs in
In Israel, the Institute has been accredited by the Ministry of Education. To enhance
understanding and trust between religious and secular youngsters, staff and students from
both kinds of schools have received Institute training. Joint activities in the respective
schools will eventually take place, with the goals of allaying tensions and strengthening
Experienced health care-workers -- one-third are Arab -- have attended Institute
diversity training, which has immeasurably improved their ability to communicate with
immigrants from all over the world.
The Centre Europ»en Juif d'Information (CEJI) in Brussels has received funds to
implement the A WORLD OF DIFFERENCE Institute program at the secondary school level in
four European nations. This school-based initiative will involve the relevant communities
as well as academic experts, and will allow for an in-depth cross-cultural study of the A
WORLD OF DIFFERENCE Institute training program.
Building upon the A WORLD OF DIFFERENCE Institute programs currently underway in
Berlin, Bremen, Hamburg, Lubeck and Rostock, Germany, the Research Group Youth and Europe,
an academic unit from the Center for Applied Political Research of Munich University, and
the Bertlesmann Science Foundation are working with ADL to implement the Institute's
programs in additional German cities. These programs, which pay special attention to the
role of Jews in German teacher training, are probably the first cooperative venture ever
between an American Jewish organization and German educational, domestic and foreign
At the request of the International Movement Against All Forms of Discrimination and
Racism U.S. Committee, a nongovernmental agency of the United Nations, the A WORLD OF
DIFFERENCE Institute offered a three-day training program in Japan that introduced the
philosophy and techniques of the Institute and analyzed their viability for Japanese
society. Attending the program were representatives from corporations, community groups,
schools and colleges.
What to Tell Your Child About Prejudice. Produced in
cooperation with the National PTA and available in both English and Spanish, this widely
disseminated pamphlet is a valuable resource for parents and teachers.
Anti-Defamation League Resources for Classroom and Community. A
catalog of videos, classroom activities, teachers' discussion guides, books, posters and
American colleges' devotion to freedom of speech also opens the way for cynical bigots
and extremists to abuse that freedom and mislead and victimize members of campus
communities. ADL's Campus Affairs Department works closely with college administrators and
students to ensure that institutions of higher learning remain devoted to civility and
CAMPUS EDITORS MISSION
Editors of 24 American college and university campus newspapers traveled on an ADL
mission to Israel and Poland where they met with officials, local media, students and
community leaders. The goal was to familiarize them with issues important to Israel and
the Jewish community, and to inform them about the Holocaust. Twelve editors from campuses
across the country were part of the fifth Albert Finkelstein Memorial Study Mission and 12
were from Pennsylvania who participated in the newly established Raymond and Ruth Perelman
Study Mission to Israel and Poland for Campus Newspaper Editors.
Schooled in Hate: Anti-Semitism on Campus. A survey of the
numerous anti-Jewish acts on campuses by ADL Campus Affairs and Research Departments.
The Braun Holocaust Institute was created as a resource center for Holocaust
information, to provide advice to educators on how best to teach the subject, and to
expose and challenge the propaganda of Holocaust deniers and neo-Nazis.
Starting in 1997, the League's Holocaust Poster Series was displayed at various FBI
offices around the country. Initiated by the San Diego Regional Office, the traveling
exhibit was part of the first annual Holocaust Memorial Ceremony at FBI Headquarters in
Washington, DC, where Nobel Peace Prize winner Elie Weisel, FBI Director Louis Freeh and
ADL National Director Abraham H. Foxman spoke.
Dimensions: A Journal of Holocaust Studies. Contributors
include such distinguished writers as Peter Gay, Stephen E. Ambrose, Don DeLillo and
Robert Coles. Published by the Braun Holocaust Institute.
IN LOS ANGELES
In 1997, as an outgrowth of Dream Dialogue, a diverse group of California high school
students wrote, acted in and produced a 20-minute video on racism and anti-Semitism.
Entitled "STOP THE HATE," the video is used nationally in the A WORLD OF
DIFFERENCE∆ Institute's Peer Training, as well as the STOP THE HATE program
funded by the Department of Education.
In 1994, four professional sports teams -- the Boston Celtics, New England Patriots,
Boston Red Sox and Boston Bruins -- joined 6,000 middle and high school students, and
teachers from 300 schools, in a spectacular one-day stand against hatred in Boston. Called
Team Harmony, that first-ever event has grown more successful each year. In 1997, more
than 10,000 students filled Boston's FleetCenter, and First Lady Hillary Clinton gave the
keynote address. In a sports arena charged with music from U-2, Team Harmony IV
participants pledged in unison "to do my best to interrupt prejudice and to stop
those who, because of hate, would hurt, harass or violate the civil rights of
ADL's Greater Chicago/Upper Midwest Regional Office arranged for 20 racially and
ethnically diverse teen-agers to visit Washington, DC, as part of its annual Youth
Leadership Mission. After touring the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, hearing the personal
testimony of a Holocaust survivor and a briefing at the Pentagon about anti-bias training,
they explored with civil rights and human relations organizations how minority groups can
work together more effectively.
"Visas for Life: The Remarkable Story of Chiune and Yukiko Sugihara and the Rescue
of More than 6,000 Jews" is a traveling exhibit sponsored by ADL's North
Texas/Oklahoma Regional Office, the Japan-America Society of Dallas/Fort Worth and the
Dallas Memorial Center for Holocaust Studies. It details the extraordinary efforts of
Chuine Sugihara, the Japanese Consul in Kaunas, Lithuania, at the start of World War II,
who saved Jews from death at the hands of the Nazis. Thousands of people attended the
exhibit during the five weeks it was on display in Dallas.