The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) is the nation’s premier civil rights/human relations agency, fighting anti-Semitism and all forms of bigotry, defending democratic ideals and protecting civil rights for all. After 103 years of this struggle, ADL’s mission is more relevant and necessary today, than it has been in a generation. ADL makes a difference in our society through anti-bias and diversity education in primary schools through college campuses and is the #1 non-governmental organization training law enforcement. While making a difference through educating the next generation, ADL is still the 9-1-1 for any hate or anti-Semitic incident.
Concerned at the startling resurgence of anti-Semitism in the United States and around the world, ADL this fall is convening a first-of-its-kind summit focused on contemporary anti-Semitism, the urgent challenges that it poses to Jewish communities at home and abroad, and innovative strategies by which to address this challenge. “Fifty years ago these people were burning crosses, today they’re burning up Twitter,” said Jonathan A. Greenblatt, ADL CEO. The platform for hate has changed and so must our responses. “Never Is Now: The ADL Summit on Anti-Semitism” will bring together academics, business leaders, experts, journalists and distinguished thought leaders for TED-style talks and interactive sessions on the challenges posed by modern-day anti-Semitism including the crossover between attacks on Israel and anti-Semitism, and anti-Semitism on the college campus. The summit will be held on Thursday, Nov. 17 in New York City.
On December 4, the Orange County/Long Beach ADL region will be honoring Bruno & Raquel Ledwin and Gila & Ayal Willner at their 2016 Make a Difference Brunch at the Island Hotel in Newport Beach. [www.adl.org/2016OCLBBrunch]
Gila and Ayal Willner are alumni of ADL’s Leadership program, board members, and loyal supporters of the ADL as well as many other organizations in and out of the Jewish Community. Both have served on the board of Congregation B’nai Israel. Gila is also a long-time board member of the Community Scholar Program, a past board member of the BJE, and a past president of the parent-teacher organizations at both TVT and the Orange County School of the Arts. Both Willners have been AIPAC Council members. Ayal has been appointed to AIPAC’s National Council and also currently serves as AIPAC’s Orange County/Long Beach Regional Chair.
Bruno and Raquel Ledwin are long-time supporters of the JCC, JFFS, and are ADL board and executive committee members. Bruno is on ADL National Commission and an Honorary Member of the National Executive Committee. He has been on eight overseas trips with ADL delegations to meet with the highest level government officials seeking assurances of support and safety for the Jewish communities within those countries. Raquel and Bruno also worked as a team on the Children of the Dream, coordinating and sponsoring a cultural exchange program of Ethiopian-Israeli students that visited Orange County and a student delegation that was sent to Israel.