Project Understanding


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, 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.

For more information on Project Understanding please contact our Goldman Bridge Fellow, Julie Katz