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.
- 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
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To get involved with Atlanta's Black-Jewish Coalition, please contact Dara Gever.
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 always understood. Today's young people did not personally witness or participate in the struggles of the Civil Rights Era. The stories of Black- Jewish cooperation are easily forgotten, particularly as there are few efforts to reinvigorate the relationship between the communities. Young leaders of both communities are steeped in their own issues and priorities. They may not know or understand the natural alliances that have long drawn Blacks and Jews together in pursuit of social justice.
Project Understanding was born from the combined experiences of the Atlanta Black-Jewish Coalition and the strong desire on the part of ACCESS, the young adult division of American Jewish Committee, to create an opportunity for young Black and Jewish adults to share experiences and develop meaningful relationships.
Beginning in 1989 and held every other year, Project Understanding has provided a unique opportunity for the young leadership of our community. It is a forum where people of influence can share and learn from each other, and can begin to tap into a network that has been critical to Atlanta's relative success in negotiating race relations for the last many decades. Through a 24-hour retreat format, this year to be held from August 22 -23, 2015, participants are encouraged to interact honestly and forthrightly about issues that affect each of their respective communities as well as those that affect both. The program includes exercises designed to encourage open exchange among participants. Participants quickly get past political correctness to engage in real conversation about issues that are often too hard to address. In addition, Project Understanding provides an environment in which friendships flourish between young people. Participation in the program is selective, and most Project Understanding alumni have continued to be leaders in various facets of the Atlanta community. Alumni include several corporate C.E.Os, many non-profit leaders, and a number of prominent political figures, including one Mayor of Atlanta, Mr. Kasim Reed.
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:- 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
Mail: Six Piedmont Center, Suite 510, Atlanta, GA 30305
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."
For information on the 2016 Black-Jewish Seder, please contact Harold Hershberg.
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:
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