Atlanta Black-Jewish Coalition


 

 

Participants in the 2010 Black-Jewish Seder, a biennial function of the Coalition.

 


 

The Atlanta Black-Jewish Coalition mourns the death of its co-founder, Cecil Alexander.  

                                                                      


 

"My relationship with Cecil Alexander, one of the great souls of Atlanta, one of the great spirits of the South, began as we were leaders in the Black-Jewish Coalition and fashioned a lasting relationship between us that created inroads into the community at large. It was such a pleasure, such an honor, such a blessing to see Cecil and to spend time with him at his home. He is 94 years young and still devising ways to build a better world. I just hope when I am 94 that I still have what it takes to take the long, hard look. To never give up, never give in, to never get lost in a sea of despair." - Congressman John Lewis, Aug. 17th, 2012 at the 30th Anniversary Program of the Atlanta Black-Jewish Coalition

 

 


 

Who We Are

 

In 1982, a group of concerned citizens from Atlanta's Black and Jewish communities came together to campaign for the renewal of the Voting Rights Act. The drive to renew one of the most important pieces of civil rights legislation in U.S. history reinvigorated the bond between the two communities. Those involved decided to create a coalition to ensure that open dialogue and partnership between Blacks and Jews would continue in Atlanta.

 

Today, the Atlanta Black-Jewish Coalition has emerged as a central platform for Education, Outreach and Advocacy. As participation reaches new heights, the Coalition continues to build on its original mission by providing a forum for meaningful dialogue and action.

 

Mission Statement

 

  • Increase the understanding of and interaction between Jews and Blacks
  • Respond on an ad-hoc basis with a definitive action to particular issues of concern to the Jewish and Black communities
  • Provide a mechanism whereby each community can express its support for the critical issues of the other community
  • Create public awareness for the work of the Atlanta Black-Jewish Coalition

Help support the Black Jewish Coalition here

 

To get involved with Atlanta's Black-Jewish Coalition, please contact Lindsay Hirsch. 

 


 

Project Understanding

 

Project Understanding Class of 2011

 

 


 

Atlanta's Black and Jewish communities have shared a unique relationship for many years.  This relationship has changed and evolved over time, as the challenges to each community have become more complex.  Today, the historic bond between Blacks and Jews is not understood, as many young people did not personally participate in the historic cooperative efforts of the two communities during the Civil Rights Era.  Currently, few opportunities exist to reinvigorate the relationship through the interaction of young, involved people. 

Project Understanding was born from the combined experiences of the Atlanta Black-Jewish Coalition and the strongly expressed desire on the part of Access, the young adult division of the American Jewish Committee, to create an opportunity for young Black and Jewish adults to share experiences and develop relationships.

Since 1989, Project Understanding has provided this opportunity by creating a forum for young leaders in both communities to share with and learn from each other.  Through a 24-hour retreat format, August 24-25, participants interact honestly about issues that affect each of their respective communities as well as those that affect both.  The program includes many expressive exercises designed to encourage an open exchange among participants.  In addition, Project Understanding provides an environment in which friendships flourish between young people, most of whom will continue to be leaders in all facets of the community. Alumni include several corporate C.E.Os, many non-profit leaders, and one Mayor of Atlanta, Mr. Kasim Reed.  Project Understanding is held every two years.

Apply for the 2013 Project Understanding Retreat by clicking here.

Please complete this application by Monday, July 8, 2013 and return it to American Jewish Committee’s Atlanta Regional Office via any of the following methods:
Email: hirschl@ajc.org
Fax: 404-261-2344
Mail: Six Piedmont Center, Suite 510, Atlanta, GA 30305
- See more at: http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:X4OiOuqh48wJ:www.ajcatlanta.org/site/c.lwLZKjN3LxH/b.8510863/k.2BAA/Atlanta_BlackJewish_Coalition.htm+&cd=1&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=us&client=firefox-a#sthash.zqQ57tBx.dpuf

 

Apply for the 2013 Project Understanding Retreat by clicking here.

Please complete this application by Thursday, July 11th , 2013 and return it to American Jewish Committee’s Atlanta Regional Office via any of the following methods:


Email: hirschl@ajc.org

Mail: Six Piedmont Center, Suite 510, Atlanta, GA 30305

Fax: 404-261-2344

 


Apply for the 2013 Project Understanding Retreat by clicking here.

Please complete this application by Monday, July 8, 2013 and return it to American Jewish Committee’s Atlanta Regional Office via any of the following methods:
Email: hirschl@ajc.org
Fax: 404-261-2344
Mail: Six Piedmont Center, Suite 510, Atlanta, GA 30305
- See more at: http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:X4OiOuqh48wJ:www.ajcatlanta.org/site/c.lwLZKjN3LxH/b.8510863/k.2BAA/Atlanta_BlackJewish_Coalition.htm+&cd=1&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=us&client=firefox-a#sthash.zqQ57tBx.dpuf

 

Black-Jewish Seder

 

 

 

A table at the 2012 Black-Jewish Seder

 


 

The biennial Black-Jewish Seder brings together members of Atlanta's Black and Jewish communities for a Passover meal, good company, and passionate conversation. The scene at the 2012 Black-Jewish Seder:

"Nearly 170 people gathered at The Temple for the Atlanta Black-Jewish Coalition's Seder: "A Common Road to Freedom," re-living the Exodus and march toward Civil Rights.  The room was filled with the spirit of those  who have gone before us, who fought to liberate all of us from the tyranny of slavery and oppression.  As the very diverse crowd (Jewish and Christian, Black and White, children, teenagers, parents and grandparents) shared matzah, charoset, chicken soup and the rest of fixings for a traditional Seder meal, we discussed our own paths toward seeking justice and equality.  We sang, we shared, we ate, we experienced history together - another extraordinary AJC program."

Apply for the 2013 Project Understanding Retreat by clicking here.

Please complete this application by Monday, July 8, 2013 and return it to American Jewish Committee’s Atlanta Regional Office via any of the following methods:
Email: hirschl@ajc.org
Fax: 404-261-2344
Mail: Six Piedmont Center, Suite 510, Atlanta, GA 30305
- See more at: http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:X4OiOuqh48wJ:www.ajcatlanta.org/site/c.lwLZKjN3LxH/b.8510863/k.2BAA/Atlanta_BlackJewish_Coalition.htm+&cd=1&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=us&client=firefox-a#sthash.zqQ57tBx.dpuf

For information on the 2014 Black-Jewish Seder, please contact  Lindsay Hirsch, hirschl@ajc.org

 


 

           

Apply for the 2013 Project Understanding Retreat by clicking here.

Please complete this application by Monday, July 8, 2013 and return it to American Jewish Committee’s Atlanta Regional Office via any of the following methods:
Email: hirschl@ajc.org
Fax: 404-261-2344
Mail: Six Piedmont Center, Suite 510, Atlanta, GA 30305
- See more at: http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:X4OiOuqh48wJ:www.ajcatlanta.org/site/c.lwLZKjN3LxH/b.8510863/k.2BAA/Atlanta_BlackJewish_Coalition.htm+&cd=1&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=us&client=firefox-a#sthash.zqQ57tBx.dpuf

 

Global Forum

Registration