Welcome to AIAAS

Our mission: To deter and combat

anti-semitism in Atlanta through community connections,

constructive dialogue and grassroots action.

AIAAS is here to help
  • Our Facebook community of more than 4,000 members provides a great resource for anyone dealing with antisemitism and is a good way to keep up to date with related happenings.

 

  • Contact us when an antisemitic incident occurs and we will  connect you with the right organizations that can help.

 

  • Come to events that we host and sponsor with with leaders across Atlanta,  educators and with parents and other community members to discuss how to deal with rising anti-semitism.

 

About Us

Who is AIAAS

Atlanta Initiative Against Anti-Semitism was formed by a group of Atlanta-based, Jewish women outraged by the lack of public outcry and action taken to respond to acts of anti-Semitism in the Atlanta metropolitan area and throughout the country.  Please check back with us often to track our progress and to discover the newest ways to become involved and join our collective and unequivocal stand against all forms of anti-Semitism.

 

Georgia Hate Crime Bill

AIAAS is proud to be part of the Anti-Defamation League Southeast's 30 member coalition to fight for a hate crime law in Georgia, working with lobbyists and political leaders to get hate crime legislation considered in the next legislation. 
Georgia is one of five states without a hate crime law.

 

Learn more 

Taking a Stand

Atlanta Initiative Against Anti-Semitism (AIAAS) is a grassroots, action-oriented effort to create community solidarity in the greater metropolitan Atlanta community to advance dialogue and combat anti-Semitism. Our means will include:

  • Uniting the community’s diverse sectors, including schools, civic organizations, religious institutions, businesses, government officials, law enforcement officials, the media, and cultural and social entities, with concerned citizens to speak up against all acts of anti-Semitism. 

  • Supporting integrated initiatives throughout the community that promote prevention of and responses to acts of anti-Semitism.

  • Engaging in community-wide programs of education against anti-Semitism aimed at all ages, organizations, and denominations.

 

Events and Partnerships

Atlanta Leadership Forum on Anti Semitism
March 30, 2017

Atlanta Initiative Against Anti-Semitism (AIAAS) hosted, on March 30, 2017, an invitation-only, RSVP-required, non-partisan Leadership Forum, co-sponsored with the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) and the American Jewish Committee (AJC), which assembled approximately 200 community leaders representing over 150  of Atlanta's most prestigious organizations to stand in solidarity against anti-Semitism and discuss way to combat it and all forms of hate in our community. The Forum participants represented every sector across Atlanta, including religious, social, ethnic, cultural, civic, government, law enforcement, business, education, non-profit and more.

 

AIAAS’ Forum goals were as follows:

     1.    To assemble community leaders to stand in solidarity and make a powerful, collective denunciation of anti-Semitism,                 which could be used as an example for other communities around the country to do the same.

     2.    To host a forum where all entities can share and gain support for the various initiatives they’re working on.

     3.    To create a cohesive community response and action plan to combat anti-semitism, which AIAAS volunteers will                           work to implement.

The outcomes of the forum are informing a community action plan that AIAAS' dedicated volunteer corps will work to carry out.

 
 

Atlanta Leadership Forum on Anti-Semitism Supporters

In alphabetical order:

 

The Aha! Connection

Ahavath Achim Synagogue                           

The Alfred and Adele Davis Academy

The Alliance Theatre

All Saints’ Episcopal Church

Alpharetta Department of Public Safety

American Civil Liberties Union of Georgia (ACLU)

American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC)

American Jewish Committee (AJC)

Am Yisrael Chai

Anti-Defamation League (ADL)

Arlington Memorial Park

AT&T

Atlanta Business Chronicle

Atlanta Habitat for Humanity

Atlanta Interfaith Manifesto

Atlanta Jewish Academy

Atlanta Jewish Film Festival

Atlanta Jewish Music Festival

Atlanta Jewish Times

Atlanta Police Department

BB&T

BBYO (B’nai B’rith Youth Organization)

Bend the Arc

The Ben Marion Institute for Social Justice, Inc.

Boy Scout Troop 1818

Brookhaven Police Department

Camp Judaea

Camp Living Wonders

Camp Ramah Darom

The Carter Center

The Center for Civil and Human Rights

Center for Israel Education

Central Congregational United Church of Christ

Chabad Intown

Chabad of Cobb

Chabad of North Fulton

Chamblee Police

Chick-Fil-A

City of Atlanta, Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs

City of Brookhaven    

City of Decatur Better Together Initiative

City of Decatur Interfaith Network

City of Dunwoody

City of Peachtree Corners

City of Roswell Police Department

City of Sandy Springs

City of Sandy Springs Chamber of Commerce

City of Tucker

The Coca-Cola Company

Compassionate Atlanta

Conexx

Congregation Anshi S’fard

Congregation Ariel

Congregation Bet Haverim

Congregation Beth Jacob

Congregation Beth Shalom               

Congregation Beth Tefillah - Chabad

Congregation B’nai Torah

Congregation Dor Tamid

Congregation Etz Chaim

Congregation Gesher L’Torah

Congregation Ner Tamid

Congregation Or Hadash          

Congregation Or VeShalom                                 

Congregation Shearith Israel

Consulate General of Israel to the Southeast

Council on American-Islamic Relations Georgia

Dekalb County School District

Dressler’s Jewish Funeral Care

Dunwoody High School

Dunwoody Police Department

Dunwoody United Methodist Church

Elizabeth Baptist Church

Emerson Unitarian Universalist Congregation

Emory University

Eternal Life Hemshech

The Epstein School

Faith Alliance of Metro Atlanta

Fearless Dialogues

Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)

First Existentialist Congregation of Atlanta

Friendship Circle of Atlanta

Fulton County Office of the Chairman, Board of Commissioners

Fulton County Schools

Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI)

Georgia Commission on the Holocaust

Georgia Congressman Barry Loudermilk

Georgia Institute of Technology

Georgia State University

Grady Health Foundation

Hadassah Greater Atlanta

Hands On Atlanta

Heards Ferry Elementary School

Hillels of Georgia

Holy Innocents’ Episcopal Church

Holy Spirit Catholic Church

Holy Spirit Preparatory School

Impact Church

Interfaith Community Initiatives (ICI)

InterfaithFamily/Atlanta

Islamic Speakers Bureau of Atlanta

Israel365, A Georgia Network of Christians for Israel

Israeli Scouts of Atlanta

JELF (Jewish Educational Loan Fund)

JerusalemU

Jewcer

Jewish Community Relations Council of Atlanta (JCRC)

Jewish Democratic Women’s Salon Atlanta

Jewish Family & Career Services of Atlanta (JF&CS)

Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta

Jewish Home Life Communities

Jewish Kids Group

Jewish Moms of Atlanta

Jewish National Fund (JNF)

Jewish Student Union

Jewish Women’s Connection of Atlanta

Jewish Women’s Fund of Atlanta

Johns Creek Police Department

Johnson Ferry Baptist Church

The Latin American Association

Limmud

Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta

Marist School

Metro Atlanta Community Mikvah

Mount Vernon Presbyterian Church

National Council of Jewish Women Atlanta (NCJW)

NCR

NFTY-SAR (North American Federation of Temple Youth – Southern Area Region)

North Springs Charter High School

North Springs United Methodist Church

Northwest Unitarian Universalist Congregation

Office of the Dekalb County District Attorney, Stone Mountain Judicial Circuit

ORT

PJ Library

Republican Jewish Coalition

The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Atlanta

Roswell Community Masjid

Sandy Springs Christian Church

Sandy Springs Police Department

SOJOURN, The Southern Jewish Resource Network for Gender and Sexual Diversity

St. Luke’s Presbyterian Church

The Temple

Temple Beth Tikvah

Temple Emanu-El

Temple Kehillat Chaim                        

Temple Kol Emeth

Temple Sinai Atlanta

Torah Day School of Atlanta

Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Atlanta
Unitarian Universalists for Jewish Awareness

Unitarian Universalists Jewish Clergy

United States Attorney, Northern District of Georgia, John Horn

United States Department of Homeland Security

URJ Camp Coleman

The Weber School

William Breman Jewish Heritage & Holocaust Museum

Woodstock Police Department

Young Israel of Toco Hills

Community Town Hall To Address Rising Anti Semitism In Schools

February 10, 2019

TASK (Tackling Anti-Semitism for our Kids) Conference

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 8, 2017

On November 8, 2017 AIAAS held it's TASK (Tackling Anti Semitism for Our Kids) Conference, sponsored by Anti-Defamation League (ADL), American Jewish Committee (AJC) & Simon Wiesenthal Center.

Hundreds of leaders in Georgia’s education community gathered for a morning packed with information and conversations regarding anti-Semitism and other forms of hate in Atlanta-area K-12 schools. The RSVP only event featured national, regional, state and local education agencies; district-level and pertinent school leaders within Atlanta Public Schools, Cobb County, Dekalb County, City of Decatur Schools, Fulton County, Gwinnett County and Marietta City Schools, private schools and homeschool groups; faith leaders; and relevant community organizations. The forum  focused on efforts to improve upon current and best practices with proactive prevention methods as well as intervention and response measures in the face of increasing hate and featured experts presentations, a bevy of resources, tools and inspiration for educators in a resource fair format as well as engaging and inspiring roundtable discussions for attendees to address the issues and share ideas.

Speakers:

Dr. Allison Padilla-Goodman, Regional Director of the Anti-Defamation League's (ADL) Southeast Regional Office

 

Principal Scott Hanson, North Springs High School
Billy Peebles, Head of School,The Lovett School

 

Jeff Dess, Coordinator of the Prevention Intervention Center for Cobb County Schools,
Dr. Quentin Fretwell’s, DeKalb County School District’s Director of Safe Schools and Student Relations

Lindsay Wyczalkowski,Social Emotional, Learning Coordinator for Atlanta Public Schools

 

T.A.S.K. CONFERENCE PARTICIPATING SCHOOLS AND ORGANIZATIONS

 

  1. Ahavath Achim Synagogue

  2. The Alfred & Adele Davis Academy

  3. Alonzo A. Crim High School, Atlanta Public Schools

  4. American Jewish Committee

  5. Am Yisrael Chai

  6. Anti-Defamation League

  7. Atlanta International School

  8. Atlanta Jewish Coalition for Literacy

  9. Atlanta Jewish Teen Initiative

  10. Atlanta Public Schools, Assistant Superintendent, Student Services

  11. Atlanta Public Schools, Behavior Interventions & Supports Dept.

  12. Atlanta Public Schools, Board of Education

  13. Atlanta Public Schools, Office of Student Services

  14. Atlanta Public Schools, School Board

  15. Atlanta Public Schools, School Counseling Dept.

  16. Atlanta Public Schools, Social Emotional/Teaching and Learning Dept.

  17. Atlanta Public Schools, Social Work Dept.

  18. Atlantic Institute

  19. Autrey Mill Middle School, Fulton County

  20. Barack H. Obama Elementary Magnet School of Technology, Dekalb County

  21. Bay Creek Middle School PTSA, Gwinnett County

  22. BBYO, B’nai B’rith Youth Organization

  23. The Ben Franklin Academy

  24. The Ben Marion Institute for Social Justice, Inc.

  25. Berkmar High School, Gwinnett County

  26. BEST Academy, Atlanta Public Schools

  27. Brandon Hall School

  28. Briarlake Elementary School, Dekalb County

  29. Brookhaven Innovation Academy

  30. Brookwood High School, Gwinnett County

  31. Campbell Middle School, Cobb County

  32. Camp Creek Middle School, Fulton County

  33. Cedar Grove Middle School, Dekalb County

  34. Centennial High School, Fulton County

  35. Chabad Intown

  36. Chabad of North Fulton

  37. Chapel Hill Middle School, Dekalb County

  38. Chattahoochee High School, Fulton County

  39. The Children’s School

  40. City Schools of Decatur, Curriculum & Instruction Dept.

  41. City Schools of Decatur, Research & Analytics Dept.

  42. Club J at the Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta

  43. Cobb County School District, Assistant Superintendent, Leadership Office

  44. Cobb County School District, Assistant Superintendent, Teaching and Learning, Support and Specialized Services

  45. Cobb County School District, Prevention Intervention Center

  46. Cobb County School District, Psychological Services Dept.

  47. Cobb County School District, School Counseling Dept.

  48. Cobb County School District, Teaching and Learning Support and Specialized Services Dept.

  49. Communities in Schools Atlanta

  50. Community members affected by anti-Semitism

  51. Compassionate Atlanta

  52. Congregation Beth Shalom

  53. Congregation Dor Tamid

  54. Congregation Etz Chaim

  55. Congregation Gesher L’Torah

  56. Congregation Or Hadash

  57. Cooper Middle School, Cobb County

  58. Crabapple Middle School, Fulton County

  59. Crawford W. Long Middle School, Atlanta Public Schools

  60. Creek View Elementary School, Fulton County

  61. Cross Keys High School, Dekalb County

  62. Dekalb County Schools, Deputy Superintendent, Student Support and Intervention

  63. Dekalb County Schools, School Board of Education

  64. Dekalb County Schools, International Students Dept.

  65. Dekalb County Schools, Student Relations Dept.

  66. Diamond Family Religious School

  67. Dobbs Elementary School, Atlanta Public Schools

  68. Dodgen Middle School, Cobb County

  69. Druid Hills Baptist Church / Church at Ponce and Highland

  70. Druid Hills Middle School, Dekalb County

  71. Due West Elementary School, Cobb County

  72. Dunwoody High School, Dekalb County

  73. East Side Elementary School, Cobb County

  74. Elkins Pointe Middle School, Fulton County

  75. Embracing Tolerance

  76. Emory LaVista Parent Council

  77. The Epstein School

  78. Eternal Life Hemshech

  79. Evansdale Elementary School, Dekalb County

  80. Faith Alliance of Metro Atlanta

  81. Frederick W. Benteen Elementary School

  82. Fulton County Schools, Area Executive Director

  83. Fulton County Schools, Area Superintendent

  84. Fulton County Schools, Assistant Superintendent

  85. Fulton County Schools, Board of Education Member

  86. Fulton County Schools, Central Learning Community Dept.

  87. The Galloway School

  88. Garrison Mill Elementary School, Cobb Couty

  89. Georgia Association of Student Councils

  90. Georgia Commission on the Holocaust

  91. Georgia Department of Education, Virtual Learning Dept.

  92. Georgia Department of Education, Safe & Drug Free Schools Dept.

  93. Georgia Department of Education, Social Studies Programs Dept.

  94. Georgia Humanities Council

  95. Georgia Professional Standards Commission

  96. Georgia PTA

  97. Georgia School Boards Association

  98. Georgia School Counselor Association

  99. Georgia School Superintendents Association

  100. The GLOBE Academy, Dekalb County

  101. Griffin Middle School, Cobb County

  102. Gwinnett County Public Schools, Academic Support Dept.

  103. Gwinnett County Public Schools, Foundation

  104. Gwinnett County Public Schools, School Operations & Support Dept.

  105. Hawthorne Elementary School, Dekalb County

  106. Haynes Bridge Middle School, Fulton County

  107. Heards Ferry Elementary School, Fulton County

  108. Hembree Springs Elementary School, Fulton County

  109. Henderson Middle School, Dekalb County

  110. Henderson Mill Elementary, Dekalb County

  111. High Meadows School

  112. Hillside Elementary School, Fulton County

  113. Holy Innocents’ Episcopal School

  114. Hollydale Elementary School, Cobb County

  115. Holocaust Survivor

  116. Holy Spirit Preparatory Academy

  117. Interfaith Community Initiatives

  118. Inman Middle School, Atlanta Public Schools

  119. Islamic Speakers Bureau

  120. Ison Springs Elementary School, Fulton County

  121. Jewish Community Relations Council

  122. Jewish Moms of Atlanta

  123. Jewish Student Union

  124. Jewish Women, Inc.

  125. John Lewis Elementary School, Dekalb County

  126. John’s Creek High School, Fulton County

  127. Kemp Elementary School, Cobb County

  128. Kennesaw Mountain High School, Cobb County

  129. King’s Ridge Christian School

  130. LaBelle Elementary School, Cobb County

  131. Lakeside High School PTSA, Dekalb County

  132. The Latin American Association

  133. Latin College Preparatory Charter School, Fulton County

  134. Lilburn Middle School, Gwinnett County

  135. Livsey Elementary School, Dekalb County

  136. Lost Mountain Middle School, Cobb County

  137. The Lovett School

  138. Mabry Middle School, Cobb County

  139. Marietta City Schools, Parent & Community Liaison

  140. Marietta City Schools, School Board

  141. Marist School

  142. Meadowcreek High School, Gwinnett County

  143. Midtown International School

  144. Mill Springs Academy

  145. Mimosa Elementary School, Fulton County

  146. Mitzner Family Religious School

  147. Mountain Park Elementary School, Fulton County

  148. Mount Vernon Presbyterian School

  149. Mt. Bethel Elementary School, Cobb County

  150. Murdock Elementary School, Cobb County

  151. National Center for Civil & Human Rights

  152. National Council for Jewish Women

  153. North Atlanta High School, Atlanta Public Schools

  154. North Cobb High School, Cobb County

  155. North Fulton Council of PTAs

  156. North Springs High School, Fulton County

  157. Northview High School, Fulton County

  158. Northwestern Middle School, Fulton County

  159. Ocee Elementary School, Fulton County

  160. One Clip at a Time

  161. Pace Academy

  162. Paideia School

  163. The Paper Clips Project / Whitwell Middle School, Whitwell, Tennessee

  164. Parkview High School, Gwinnett County

  165. PATH Academy Charter School, Dekalb County

  166. PFLAG Metro Atlanta Area Chapters

  167. Pine Mountain Middle School, Cobb County

  168. Pope High School, Cobb County

  169. River Trail Middle School, Fulton County

  170. Riverwood International Charter High School, Fulton County

  171. The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Atlanta

  172. Roswell North Elementary School, Fulton County

  173. Shadow Rock Center - GNETS Program

  174. Shadow Rock Elementary School, Dekalb County

  175. Shiloh High School, Gwinnett County

  176. Simon Wiesenthal Center

  177. S.L. Lewis Elementary School, Fulton County

  178. SOJOURN

  179. South Cobb High School, Cobb County

  180. Southeast Islamic Center

  181. Spalding Drive Elementary School, Fulton County

  182. Stephenson Middle School, Dekalb County

  183. St. Luke’s Presbyterian Church

  184. Tapestry Public Charter School, Dekalb County

  185. The Temple

  186. Temple Beth Tikvah

  187. Temple Emanu-El

  188. Temple Kehillat Chaim

  189. Temple Kol Emeth

  190. Temple Sinai

  191. Timber Ridge Elementary School, Cobb County

  192. Torah Day School of Atlanta

  193. Tritt Elementary School, Cobb County

  194. United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

  195. Vickery Mill Elementary School, Fulton County

  196. The Walker School

  197. Walton High School, Cobb County

  198. Webb Bridge Middle School, Fulton County

  199. The Weber School

  200. Weinberg Center for Holocaust Education

  201. Wesleyan School

  202. Westchester Elementary, City of Decatur

  203. The Westminster Schools

  204. Wheeler High School, Cobb County

  205. William Breman Jewish Heritage Museum

  206. William M. Boyd Elementary School, Atlanta Public Schools

  207. Winnona Park Elementary School PTA, City of Decatur

  208. Woodland Middle School, Fulton County

  209. Woodward Academy

 

T.A.S.K. CONFERENCE RESOURCE FAIR SPONSORS

 

  1. American Jewish Committee

  2. Am Yisrael Chai

  3. Anti-Defamation League

  4. The Breman Museum & Weinberg Center for Holocaust Education

  5. Compassionate Atlanta

  6. Eternal Life-Hemshech

  7. Facing History and Ourselves

  8. Georgia Humanities Council

  9. Jewish Student Union

  10. One Clip at a Time / The Paper Clips Project

  11. Simon Wiesenthal Center

  12. Southern Poverty Law Center

Community Town Hall To Address Rising Anti Semitism In Schools

February 10, 2019

In the wake of yet another ant-Semitic incident, this one at Centennial High School in Roswell, AIAAS held a Community Town Hall which resulted in much actionable guidance. 

 

More than 250 people filled Temple Emanu-El's social hall to ask questions of nine panelists, that included representatives from local school districts, the Georgia General Assembly, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, the Anti-Defamation League regional office and the Georgia Commission on the Holocaust.
 

Panelists:

  • Dr. Quentin Fretwell, Dept of Student Relations, DeKalb Co School District

  • Michael Scott Hanson, Principal, North Springs High School

  • Sally N. Levine, Exec Director, Georgia Commission on the Holocaust

  • Dr. Christopher M. Matthews, Asst Superintendent, Fulton Co Schools

  • Josh McLaurin, State Representative, Georgia House District 51

  • Andy Mossman, Asst Special Agent in Charge, GA Bureau of Investigation

  • Brendan Murphy, Marist School, Director of Bearing Witness,

  • Allison Padilla-Goodman, Regional Director, Anti-Defamation League

  • Dr. Bre Peeler, Asst Principal, Centennial High School, Fulton Co Schools

     
     

    SCHOOL

    IS BACK IN SESSION!

    A MESSAGE FOR PARENTS ABOUT ANTI-SEMITISM AND HATE IN SCHOOL:

    As the school year gets underway, please know that if your child experiences anti-Semitism, or any other form of hate, at school and you are in need of additional support, there are resources to help.

     

    A MESSAGE FOR EDUCATORS ABOUT ANTI-SEMITISM AND HATE IN SCHOOL:

    There are a number of invaluable local organizations providing myriad resources of ready-to-use, pre-developed programming and hands-on experiences that educate on hate, the Holocaust,     Social Emotional Learning, tolerance and more. Please reach out to them to gain access to what’s available TODAY for DIRECT INCORPORATION into school curricula and programming.

     

     "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has."

    Margaret Mead

     

    Please contact AIAAS with media inquiries, about the Forum, or to 

     volunteer to help the cause!