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American Jewish Committee (AJC)

To enhance the well being of Israel and the Jewish people worldwide, and to advance human rights and democratic values in the United States and around the world.

Lee C. Shapiro, Regional Director

AJC is the leading global Jewish advocacy organization, with unparalleled access to diplomats, government officials, and religious leaders. Through these relationships and our deep understanding of key issues, we are able to advance AJC’s broader global priorities: Combating Antisemitism in All its Forms, Strengthening Israel’s Place in the World, and Promoting Pluralism and Democratic Values. AJC works to impact opinion and policy at the highest levels. The Cleveland Regional Office advances AJC’s mission with strategic advocacy, vital coalition building, reasoned diplomacy, and innovative communication and education.


Through high-level diplomatic meetings, and by leveraging strong relationships with global leaders, AJC gains the support of decision-makers around the world on issues critical to a strong Jewish future.

Legislative advocacy

We advocate with political leaders at the local, state, regional and national levels for domestic policies and legislation that advance Israel’s security, the well-being of Jews, and democratic values.

Building Bridges

We build important alliances across diverse ethnic and religious groups in order to work together more effectively in support of democratic values and human rights for all.


AJC’s unparalleled global media presence reaches more people in more countries and in more languages than any other Jewish organization. Staff experts and lay leaders regularly appear worldwide in traditional print and electronic media, and in prominent blogs.