ADL is excited to host its 2019 ADL National Leadership Summit in Washington, D.C. from Sun, June 2 – Tues, June 4. ADL volunteer leaders from across the country will come together to lobby their senators and representatives on the following issues:

  1. Countering anti-Semitism and hate crimes at home and abroad;
  2. Opposing rollbacks of America’s commitment to be a haven for immigrants and refugees;
  3. Combatting white supremacy and extremism; and
  4. Supporting equality for LGBTQ people in the workplace, housing, and public accommodation.

Throughout the Summit, they will hear from members of the Congress and keynote speakers and engage in panel discussions on anti-Semitism, extremism, hate crimes and cyberhate, among other topics.

Summit Sessions:

June 2, Opening Plenary:

Building a Path Forward: Combating Anti-Semitism in 2019

Jonathan Greenblatt, CEO & National Director, ADL

Standing Together After Poway: Communities Respond

Tammy Gillies, ADL San Diego Regional Director
Undersheriff Michael Barnett, San Diego County Sheriff’s Department
Jason Bercovitch, Field Representative for U.S. Rep. Scott Peters (CA-52)
Rabbi Jonah Pesner, Director, Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism

The Threat Landscape: From Virtual Hate to Violent Acts

Joel Finkelstein, Network Contagion Research Institute

In conversation with
Oren Segal, Director, ADL’s Center on Extremism

Britain’s Anti-Semitism Problem

Marie van der Zyl, President, Board of Deputies of British Jews

Keynote: Amy Chua, John M. Duff, Jr. Professor of Law, Yale Law School

Author Political Tribes: Group Instinct and the Fate of Nations

Evening Plenary:

Leadership in a Time of Anxiety

Kenneth A. Hersh, President and CEO, George WBush Presidential Center
Michael Gerson, Author, Op-Ed Columnist, Washington Post
Holly Kuzmich, Executive Director, George W. Bush Institute

June 3, Morning Plenary:

The Battle Against Anti-Semitism and Anti-Zionism

Bari Weiss, Opinion Editor and Writer, The New York Times, and author of the forthcoming book “How to Fight Anti-Semitism”

In conversation with
Emma Green, staff writer at The Atlantic

The State of the Jewish State

Yossi Klein Halevi, Israeli Author & Journalist

In conversation with
Jonathan Greenblatt, CEO & National Director, ADL

Afternoon Plenary:

The U.S. Response to Global Anti-Semitism

Elan Carr, Special Envoy for Monitoring Anti-Semitism, U.S. Department of State

Presentation of the ADL William and Naomi Gorowitz Institute Service Award to

Chief Art Acevedo, Houston Police Department


U.S. Sen. Steny Hoyer, House Majority Leader, (D-MD)

Vanita Gupta, President and CEO, Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights

10th Anniversary Commemoration of The Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr., Hate Crimes Prevention Act of 2009

Louvon Harris, sister of James Byrd Jr.
Judy and Dennis Shepard, parents of Matthew Shepard

Michael Lieberman, Washington Counsel, ADL

June 4, Morning Plenary:


U.S. Sen. Jacky Rosen (D-NV)

U.S. Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX)

Closing Plenary:

Briefing from Capitol Hill


U.S. Sen. Charles E. Schumer, Senate Minority Leader, (D-NY)

A Discussion with the Bipartisan Congressional Task Force on Anti-Semitism

U.S. Rep. Eliot Engel (NY-16)
U.S. Rep. Ted Deutch (FL-22)
U.S. Rep. Randy Weber (TX-14)
U.S. Rep. Marc Veasey (TX-33)
U.S. Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick (PA-01)

Eileen Hershenov, SVP of Policy, ADL

U.S. Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, Chairman, House Democratic Caucus

Fighting Hate for Good