Message from Marvin D. Nathan, ADL National Chair

2017 Impact Report

Dear Friends, 

If I have learned one thing in our history, it is this: Anti-Semitism is a virus that continually plagues. Sometimes it lies dormant. And sometimes, something happens to trigger its contagion. Whenever it infects, like any disease, we have to confront it; we cannot and will not be silent. 

We thank our donors and supporters who are part of the crucial ADL community that stands with us each day and invests in our work. That’s why in 2017, breaking news carried our issues into the headlines and onto social media virtually nonstop. Look through this Impact Report. You’ll see what I mean.

We were in Charlottesville, marking the pages of history before it even happened. We were in the courts, filing amicus briefs against President Trump’s Executive Order on immigration and refugee entry into the U.S. We spoke out loudly in support of civil liberties in the Colorado same-sex wedding cake case in the U.S. Supreme Court. 

We were in Israel —with leaders from ADL’s Regional Boards across the country—spending time together, meeting with leaders and the community there and celebrating Israel’s 70th birthday. We were at the Vatican, in a private audience with Pope Francis, voicing support for the Pontiff’s ongoing efforts to denounce anti-Semitism, to advocate for refugees and to encourage greater interfaith understanding. 

We were moving our agency toward an upcoming change in the structure of our governance to allow greater accountability and transparency, hallmarks of today’s most successful organizations. 

Our deeply committed leadership continues to inspire and challenge our professional staff to reach and achieve the highest standards in fulfilling ADL’s timeless, endless and critical mission. And to all of you who so generously support us: we could not have the impact we do without you. 

With gratitude and appreciation, 

Marvin Nathan

Marvin D. Nathan         
National Chair