ADL looks to expand reach in Pittsburgh
Battling HateNew hire will work with existing Jewish organizations

ADL looks to expand reach in Pittsburgh

New community engagement director will report to Cleveland office

Middle school students wear “No Place for Hate” T-shirts.
Photo courtesdy of Chartiers Valley School District
Middle school students wear “No Place for Hate” T-shirts. Photo courtesdy of Chartiers Valley School District

The Anti-Defamation League will be expanding its on-the-ground presence in Pittsburgh.

The anti-hate organization is seeking a part-time community engagement manager that will report to Regional Director James Pasch, who is based in Cleveland, Ohio. Currently, there are no ADL employees located in Pittsburgh.

The new community engagement manager will work with the Greater Pittsburgh Jewish community and other organizations in the city to “complement their efforts,” Pasch told the Chronicle. “We are looking for somebody that’s going to help grow our programs and engagement in Pittsburgh.”

He pointed to ADL’s “No Place for Hate” and other education programs already offered in the city.

Pasch said the new manager, who will initially work 20 hours a week, will be the primary point of contact with volunteers and community leaders and will form new relationships while working with synagogue leaders and school leaders. The new hire will also work to build partnerships and coalitions across the city.

Pasch said he’s looking for someone with a passion and commitment to ADL’s mission and who wants to dedicate the next part of their career to fighting hate broadly in Pittsburgh — not just that aimed at the Jewish community.

It’s extraordinarily important, Pasch said, to have an ADL staffer based in Pittsburgh, which he noted has a thriving Jewish community with nearly 50,000 Jews and 27,000 Jewish households.

“In many ways, Pittsburgh is the heartbeat of the Jewish community and the heartbeat of the nation when it comes to fighting hate,” Pasch said, speaking one day after the third commemoration of the Oct. 27 massacre at the Tree of Life building. “We are incredibly proud of what the Pittsburgh community has done in responding to such a horrific incident of hate. Having somebody on the ground who’s partnering with the community day in and day out is an important part of our mission.” PJC

—David Rullo

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