The B’nai B’rith Anti-Defamation Commission (ADC) is an Australian Jewish community organisation whose mission is to fight anti-Semitism and all forms of racism, combat the defamation of the Jewish people and Israel, and promote and cultivate respect and understanding between people of all religions and backgrounds.
The ADC is part of B’nai B’rith, founded in 1843, the world’s oldest community service group, and part of B’nai B’rith International, the world governing body for B’nai B’rith which holds NGO consultative status at the United Nations in New York and in Geneva, advocating for Israel and human rights.
The ADC was established in 1979 by B’nai B’rith Australia/New Zealand. The ADC’s head office is located in Melbourne.
Our core mission is to:
- monitor and respond to incidents of bigotry, racism and prejudice
- employ the instruments of research, fact finding, education and the law to counter racism and discrimination
- counter the delegitimization and defamation of Israel and the Jewish people
- combat Holocaust denial
- develop educational materials to deal with the proliferation of online anti-Semitism, bigotry and hatred
- Educate the public about the dangers of anti-Semitism and racism in all its forms
- build bridges of understanding and friendship among racial, religious and ethnic groups.
The ADC is a not-for-profit Non-Government Organisation (NGO) and is registered as a Harm Prevention Charity. Our funding comes from community support. We welcome your donations.
Jewish communities have deep historical experience of hate and prejudice. To counter anti-Semitism we need to challenge prejudice whenever it occurs, whether it is directed at Jews or at other minorities.
Since 1979 ADC has worked to prevent, understand and counter anti-Semitism and all forms of racism. We build bridges with people outside our community and educate others to respect difference. We work to create a society resistant to hate, both for ourselves and for others.
Anti-Semitism is our top priority but we also act on other areas of racism. We aim to educate both the Jewish and general community about the dangers of racism. Victoria is our focus, but we are also appropriately engaged with Australian and international issues in consultation with other organisations.