At ADL, we monitor extremism and misinformation regularly as part of our work fighting hate. As is the case with many legacy organizations, there is a fair amount of misinformation spread about who ADL is and the reality of the work we do. To help stop the spread of this misinformation, below are responses to some of the most egregious claims.
Recently, an ad appeared in the Palm Beach Daily News that was a cause for concern among many in our community. On the surface, the weekly choice of Scripture submitted by the Palm Beach Prayer Team may have seemed no different from other selections that have been previously published. Yet, the choice of material, from the first chapter of Paul's Letter to Titus, was pregnant with history. This selection was one of a number that was and continues to be used to project a negative image of Jews and Judaism.
The General Conference of United Methodist Church recently concluded its quadrennial gathering, which this year was held in Portland, Oregon. I and many others in the Jewish community, not to mention many Christians as well, were pleased with the outcome of a number of votes on resolutions concerning the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Usually, our Passover Seder is a celebration. As Jews, we rejoice that God redeemed us from Egyptian slavery and we look forward to the day when the entire world will be redeemed. As American Jews, many of us have given thanks for a country in which we are free to observe our festivals and live our Jewish lives in safety and security.