This newly formed Activist Group is focused on strengthening ADL’s local presence and community impact. Working closely with ADL’s regional team, participants will work to develop engagement opportunities, build partnerships, and implement educational programming throughout Westchester.

Your participation helps strengthen ADL NY/NJ’s work on Westchester, and your support as activists entails three main things:

  • Programming: Organizing programs that educate our community on areas of ADL’s expertise including antisemitism, extremism, and fighting hate online.
  • Relationship Building: Connecting with faith leaders, campus and school administrators, elected and law enforcement officials and community leaders to let them know about ADL’s work and resources. You can help ADL share how we can serve as a partner when individuals and communities are confronted with incidents of antisemitism and hate.
  • Outreach: Members of this group will play a key role in increasing ADL’s visibility and presence on Long Island and in Queens/Westchester. Below are a few examples of how you can personally support ADL’s outreach efforts:
    • Social Media: Becoming active on social media around ADL’s content, which means liking, commenting, and sharing ADL’s posts on ADL Facebook and ADL LinkedIn, and liking and retweeting ADL’s tweets on ADL Twitter.
    • School Outreach: Sharing ADL content with school administrators and/or Board Members. ADL’s education work ranges from free resources available at this link, to ADL’s community-wide No Place For Hate program, to intensive anti-bias and anti-bullying programs for students and/or educators. We would be happy to talk with schools about what we can offer.
    • Synagogue Outreach: Encouraging synagogues to join the region’s Signature Synagogue Program, a network of synagogues across New York and New Jersey that ADL is equipping to fight hate.

For more details, we encourage you to view ADL Westchester Activist Group’s information session here. You can also find our most recent Westchester Activist Group Meeting recording here.

To learn more or get involved, please reach out to ADL New York/New Jersey at


Combatting Extremism in New York & Westchester

ADL NY/NJ’s Westchester Interest Group and the Westchester Jewish Council held a panel discussion on extremism following the January 6th attack on the Capitol and ADL’s PROTECT plan to counter domestic extremism today. We were honored to be joined by Joanna Mendelson, Associate Director of ADL’S Center on Extremism; Max Sevilla, Vice President of ADL for Government Relations, Advocacy, and Community Engagement; Reverend Doris Dalton, Chair of the Westchester Human Rights Commission; the Honorable Mimi Rocah, District Attorney of Westchester County; and Senator Pete Harckham, Senate District 40 of New York.