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The State of Hate
Amid a recent sharp rise in antisemitism across America, American Jewish University (AJU) will convene a conversation with Jonathan Greenblatt, National Director and CEO of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) and AJU President Dr. Jeffrey Herbst. The discussion will explore the state and evolution of hatred and antisemitism and the ADL’s role in combating prejudice.
In recent weeks, violent antisemitic attacks have been documented across the country. In Los Angeles, a group of Jewish people dining outdoors were attacked by people in a caravan of cars shouting antisemitic slurs including “Death to Jews.” Videos show the group quickly turning violent, kicking and punching the group of Jewish people. A slew of hate crimes against Jewish people have also occurred in New York. One attack involved a 29-year-old Jewish man wearing a kippah, who was assaulted by a gang of five to six men yelling antisemitic profanities while beating him and spraying him with pepper spray.
Just last week, the ADL released preliminary data from their Center on Extremism, “revealing an increase in online and real-world incidents of antisemitism in the United States.”
ADL CEO Jonathan Greenblatt commented, “…we are witnessing a dangerous and drastic surge in anti-Jewish hate right here at home. We are tracking acts of harassment, vandalism and violence as well as a torrent of online abuse.”
Jonathan Greenblatt is the CEO of ADL (Anti-Defamation League) and its sixth National Director. As chief executive of ADL, Jonathan leads all aspects of the world’s leading anti-hate organization. He is an accomplished entrepreneur and innovative leader with deep experience in the private, public, and nonprofit sectors.
Under Greenblatt, ADL has worked in innovative ways to counter anti- Semitism from all sides and to combat extremism in all forms. In 2016, he expanded ADL’s Center on Extremism to enhance the organization’s work in monitoring and neutralizing rising threats to Jews and other minorities. In 2017, he launched ADL’s Center on Technology and Society in Silicon Valley to fight the rising tide of anti- Semitism and hate in social media. He has initiated partnerships with diverse organizations including the Aspen Institute, the European Jewish Congress, Google, U.S. Conference of Mayors and Volkswagen. In 2016, he launched “Never Is Now” which has evolved into one of the largest annual convenings in the world focused on anti- Semitism.
Dr. Jeffrey Herbst is the fourth president of American Jewish University. At AJU, he has focused on promoting innovation in the university’s academic programs. He has also supported the growth of the Maas Center for Jewish Journeys, expansion of the B’Yachad/Together digital platform, and capital improvements on the Brandeis-Bardin Campus.
Prior to joining AJU, Dr. Herbst was president and CEO of the Newseum and the Newseum Institute in Washington, DC. From 2010 to 2015, he was president of Colgate University, where among other accomplishments he is credited with helping the university complete its nearly half billion-dollar fundraising campaign, leading the development and initial implementation of a university-wide strategic plan, and increasing the diversity and academic caliber of its educational programming.
Dr. Herbst earned his bachelor’s degree, summa cum laude, from Princeton University, and a master’s degree and doctorate in political science from Yale University. He is the author of the award-winning “States and Power in Africa” and, with several co-authors, the just-published “Making Africa Work.”