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Action Not Apathy: Shine the Light on Antisemitism

Hosted By: American Jewish Committee (AJC)

Every Hanukkah, we are reminded of the resilience of the Jewish people, who have triumphed in the face of adversity for millennia, and this year is no different. Recent years have seen rising antisemitism on our streets, in our schools, on our college campuses, and expressed by elected officials across the political spectrum.

In that spirit, please join Holly Huffnagle, AJC U.S. Director for Combating Antisemitism, Melanie Maron Pell, AJC Chief Field Operations Officer, and Julie Fishman Rayman, AJC Senior Director, Policy and Political Affairs, for an in-depth discussion on how to combat rising Jew-hatred in the United States. It’s up to each one of us to turn darkness into light.

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Holly Huffnagle

Holly Huffnagle serves as AJC’s U.S. Director for Combating Antisemitism, spearheading the agency’s response to antisemitism in the United States and its efforts to better protect the Jewish community. Previously, Holly was the Assistant Director of AJC Los Angeles, overseeing International Relations and all projects and programs related to monitoring and combating antisemitism. Before coming to AJC, Holly served as the policy advisor to the Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Antisemitism at the U.S. Department of State and as a researcher in the Mandel Center of Advanced Holocaust Studies at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. She received her master’s degree from Georgetown University where she focused on 20th century Polish history and Jewish-Muslim relations before, during, and after the Holocaust. She was a Scholar-in-Residence at Oxford University with the Institute for the Study of Global Antisemitism and Policy and has appeared in media outlets ranging from NBC, ABC, and Deep Dive Fox Nation, and has published articles in Times of Israel, Fox News, and other publications in the U.S. Huffnagle has lived and worked in Poland to conduct research on ethnic minority relations before World War II, and was selected for the Auschwitz Jewish Center fellowship on pre-war Jewish life and the Holocaust in Poland and northern Slovakia. She has volunteered at the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum in Oświęcim, Poland, and served as a liaison for the Jan Karski Educational Foundation. Huffnagle received her B.A. in History from Westmont College in Santa Barbara, Calif. In fall 2017, she co-led Westmont College’s Europe Semester Program, teaching courses in Europe on the Holocaust and contemporary European challenges, including antisemitism and Jewish community security.
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Melanie Maron Pell

As AJC Chief Field Operations Officer, Melanie Pell oversees AJC’s network of 24 regional offices. She was previously AJC Associate Director of Regional Offices and Director of Regional Engagement. In that role, Melanie worked to expand AJC’s presence in communities across the U.S. and coordinated several successful agency-wide advocacy campaigns, including the Mayors United Against Antisemitism and the Governors United Against BDS initiatives. Prior to assuming her national role, Melanie was Director of AJC Washington D.C., where she oversaw all regional office activities and represented AJC in a variety of diplomatic, civic, and intergroup settings. Melanie joined AJC in 2001 as Assistant Director of AJC Chicago. Melanie graduated with honors from the Chicago-Kent College of Law and magna cum laude from the University of Louisville.
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Julie Fishman Rayman

Since January 2012, Julie Rayman, Senior Director of Policy and Political Affairs, has served as the lead legislative advocate for AJC’s policy priorities. On behalf of AJC, she has supported the launch of congressional caucuses such as the Bipartisan Taskforce for Antisemitism, the Congressional Caucus on Black-Jewish Relations, and the Congressional Hellenic-Israel Alliance. Regularly on Capitol Hill to advocate for AJC priority legislation, she has helped position AJC as a thought and policy leader in combating global antisemitism and hate, promoting Israel’s place in the world, promoting pluralism, and advocating for strong, principled American global leadership. In addition to spearheading AJC’s outreach on Capitol Hill, Rayman also fulfills a variety of senior political liaison responsibilities for AJC, engaging with candidates and elected officials, crafting and promulgating policy position papers and Party platform suggestions, and spearheading AJC’s events on the sidelines of the Republican and Democratic National Conventions. Before coming to AJC, she was senior advisor to Congressman Heath Shuler, covering foreign policy, human rights, defense, and homeland security. Rayman holds a B.A. from American University as well as a Master’s from the National Defense University in Strategic Security Studies, with a concentration in counterterrorism. She also holds an M.A. from Georgetown University in Religious Studies.
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American Jewish Committee (AJC)

American Jewish Committee (AJC) is the leading global Jewish advocacy organization, with unparalleled access to government officials, diplomats, and other world leaders. Through these relationships and our international presence, AJC is able to impact opinion and policy on the issues that matter most: combating rising antisemitism and extremism, defending Israel’s place in the world, and safeguarding the rights and freedoms of all people.
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