In past centuries, Christians saw Jews as cursed for not accepting Jesus Christ as their savior. Today, Christians and Jews are in an era of positive dialogue.
A turning point occurred in the 1960s, when ADL commissioned a team of researchers at the University of California to conduct a seminal investigation of anti-Semitism. After the study found a strong link between Church teachings and persecution of Jews, ADL worked closely with Vatican officials to help develop the document that ultimately became Nostra Aetate: the historic 1965 statement that repudiates the charge of Jewish responsibility for the death of Jesus, denounces anti-Semitism, dismisses Catholic missionizing of Jews and affirms God's irrevocable covenant with the Jewish people.
To help these changes reach the next generation of Catholics, ADL created the Bearing Witness™ program. It gives Catholic school educators the understanding, skills and resources to teach students about anti-Semitism, the Holocaust and the new, positive Catholic teachings about Judaism.
ADL continues to build bridges to other faiths, including mainline Protestants, Evangelicals and Muslims. Three years ago, we formed the Interfaith Coalition on Mosques (ICOM) comprised of different faiths who fight for the rights of Muslims. In 2012, ICOM called for a complete investigation of a suspicious fire that destroyed a mosque in Joplin, Missouri. We filed an amicus brief on behalf of a community seeking to build a mosque in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, then welcomed the judge’s decision clearing the way for its completion.
After the deadly attack on Sikhs in Wisconsin, ADL offered security resources and training to the community, and urged the federal government to include new categories for hate crimes against Sikhs, Hindus and Arabs in its hate crime data collection.
ADL believes that honest dialogue and productive relationships among all faiths can help build a world without hate.
"The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good people to do nothing."
— from Edmund Burke
See how far we've come in the last century–and how far we have yet to go–by reading ADL’s 2012 Annual Report celebrating our Centennial anniversary.Anti-Semitism Bigotry Hate Crimes Bullying Religious Freedom Extremism Israel Law Enforcement and Security Holocaust Education Return to Annual Report