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The State of Antisemitism in America

Hosted By: American Jewish Committee (AJC)

On October 27, 2018, America and the world recoiled in horror as 11 Jews were murdered at prayer during Shabbat services inside the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh – the deadliest antisemitic attack in our nation’s history. In the three years since, American Jews have been subjected to a wave of antisemitic attacks, including during the conflict between Israel and Hamas this past May.

What are the sources of Jew-hatred in the United States in 2021? How do American Jews perceive and experience antisemitism? And what does the broader American public think? To answer these important questions and many others, join American Jewish Committee (AJC) for a hard-hitting discussion on the state of antisemitism in the United States today, with AJC Managing Director of Public Affairs Avi Mayer and U.S. Director for Combating Antisemitism Holly Huffnagle, in conversation with Chief Field Operations Officer Melanie Maron Pell.

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Avi Mayer

As Managing Director of Public Affairs and Senior Spokesperson, Avi Mayer serves as AJC's chief storyteller, overseeing efforts to craft the organization’s public image and directing strategic initiatives to advance advocacy priorities and position AJC as a leading voice on its issue areas. Mayer previously served as the international spokesman of The Jewish Agency for Israel and of its then-Chairman, Natan Sharansky, and as a foreign media liaison for the Israel Defense Forces. His professional experiences have included stints with the U.S. House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee; the Embassy of Israel in Washington, DC; the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC); and Hillel International. Prior to joining AJC as a professional in July 2018, he was a lay leader with ACCESS, the organization’s young leadership program. In 2016, JTA named Mayer the third most influential person on “Jewish Twitter,” just behind Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. In 2017, he was named one of the most influential English-speaking immigrants in Israeli politics by The Jerusalem Post. A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Maryland, Mayer lives in Jerusalem. He is the first Israeli member of AJC's senior management team.
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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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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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