Interfaith & Intergroup Relations

ADL’s dual mission compels us to build bridges between communities and faiths, and to convene diverse groups to promote civil rights and solve common challenges. When there is an international interfaith gathering, ADL is at the table, based on a long track record of promoting greater understanding among diverse religious groups.

This work began in 1965 when our Interfaith Department worked with the Catholic Church, in the midst of its Second Vatican Council, to frame language officially repudiating anti-Semitism. Today we continue to work with the Church through Bearing Witness, our Holocaust program for parochial school educators.

ADL has always emphasized the importance of mutual respect among all religions. At national and local levels, we nurture intergroup relationships, often calling on and sharing our Jewish values. We convene interfaith seders and establish groundbreaking initiatives such as the Interfaith Coalition on Mosques, which  works to ensure that Muslims can exercise the same religious freedom enjoyed by everyone in America.