What we do: a global response to global challenges
AJC is the global advocate for the well-being of the Jewish people and Israel, and for the advancement of democratic values for all. We promote these goals through an agency-wide focus in four key areas:
· Diplomacy: Through high-level diplomatic meetings, and by leveraging strong relationships with global leaders, AJC gains the support of decision-makers around the world on issues critical to a strong Jewish future.
· Legislative advocacy: We advocate with political leaders at the regional and national levels for domestic policies and legislation that advance Israel’s security, the well-being of Jews, and democratic values.
· Building bridges: We build important alliances across diverse ethnic and religious groups in order to work together more effectively in support of democratic values and human rights for all.
· Communications: AJC’s unparalleled global media presence reaches more people in more countries and in more languages than any other Jewish organization. Staff experts and lay leaders regularly appear worldwide in traditional print and electronic media, and in prominent blogs.
Why we are best positioned to respond to global challenges
AJC is uniquely positioned to most effectively advocate for a strong Jewish future and democratic values for all.
We are forward-thinking.
We continue to change history—our impact over the last century is a legacy of positive outcomes for the Jewish people, Israel, and the world; and we continue to anticipate the major issues of tomorrow.
· AJC launched an unprecedented global diplomatic advocacy campaign including more than 350 meetings with 100 countries in opposition to the recent Palestinian bid for United Nations unilateral declaration of independence (UDI) in recognition of the negative impact on true prospects for peace in the region; the issue has not moved forward in the UN.
· Top American and Israeli officials credited AJC’s years-long campaign with triggering the end of Israel’s status as the only UN member country ineligible to vie for a UN Security Council seat.
· Japanese government officials credited AJC’s perseverant diplomacy as the reason why Tokyo withdrew from the Arab League’s economic boycott of Israel.
· The Supreme Court cited AJC-sponsored research in the 1954 decision to outlaw school segregation in Brown v. Board of Education.
We have global access at the highest levels.
AJC’s thoughtful, principled global advocacy has earned the respect and attention of leaders at the highest levels—prime ministers, presidents, foreign ministers, and ambassadors.
· We pursue our mission by building powerful, long-term alliances with global leaders, influential government officials, and important figures across all faiths and nationalities.
· Our global advocacy is built on strong diplomatic relationships and coalitions with interfaith and interethnic leaders and groups who regard us as the premiere Jewish advocacy organization.
· Our staff members and lay leaders are recognized and honored globally for their expertise, and they are widely sought after for their counsel on critical world issues.
· We work in over 100 countries around the world.
We have broad and deep impact.
AJC’s comprehensive global and domestic advocacy is uniquely effective because we promote a secure Jewish future and democratic values at three critical levels:
· Global: AJC builds strong and enduring coalitions and relationships with global leaders to promote and support our advocacy agenda on issues critical to the future of Israel, the Jewish people and democracy.
· National: AJC is widely recognized as a principled and leading advocate for the concerns of Israel, the Jewish people and democratic values within the U.S. government and governmental entities.
· Local: AJC leverages the breadth of our regional presence through strong local coalitions and advocacy campaigns that maximize the effectiveness of our global and national initiatives.
Why our work matters now
While AJC advocates for a wide range of issues critical to our mission, we currently focus on four priorities that are key to preserving a secure Jewish future and democratic values.
Israel’s peace and security
· What we face: Shifting alliances and new, emerging governments in the Middle East are creating further instability in the region and increasing assaults on Israel’s right to exist.
· What we do: AJC’s diplomacy at the highest levels of government around the world promotes greater understanding and builds coalitions to support the security and standing of Israel.
Iran’s nuclear threat
· What we face: Iran’s pursuit of nuclear weapons capability, and its aggressive positions on the regional and international stage, destabilize the balance of power in the Middle East, and further threaten the security of Israel, the United States, and U.S. allies in Europe, the Arab world, and Asia.
· What we do: AJC alerted the world to Iran’s nuclear aspirations years before many others recognized the threat. We continue to advocate for the denial of Iran’s nuclear capability through high-level global diplomacy and legislative channels. AJC actively promotes global support for heightened economic sanctions, increased political and diplomatic isolation, and for keeping all options credibly on the table.
· What we face: Continued dependence on oil from countries hostile to both the United States and Israel holds American policy hostage and threatens our national and economic security.
· What we do: AJC began advocating for a reduction in U.S. dependence on foreign oil in the 1970s. We continue to actively support legislation for diversifying fuel options, adopting more stringent fuel economy standards, increasing investment in public transportation, and expanding exploration and development of domestic resources.
· What we face: National conflict over immigration undermines America’s strength and our country’s commitment to democratic and humanitarian values. With our shared immigrant experience, the Jewish people understand that upholding the rights of immigrants is vital to a strong America.
What we do: AJC promotes a fair and just immigration policy consistent with our position that a strong America is vital for global freedom and security.
How you can help
By becoming an AJC supporter, you can play an effective role in advocating for a strong Jewish future and advancing democratic values.
· Support our work by making a donation.
· Get educated about our issues by going to AJC.org.
· Join our email list or connect with your regional AJC affiliate.
· Get involved through online advocacy efforts, from email-writing campaigns to social media action.
· Connect with the AJC office in your community to advocate face-to-face with international diplomats, politicians, and faith leaders.
· Become an effective global advocate and Jewish community leader by attending our annual Global Forum conference in Washington, D.C.
· Join ACCESS, our award-winning young leadership program.