Seekers of Meaning 10/14/2022: Andrew Goretsky, Regional Director, ADL, Philadelphia

On this week’s episode of the Seekers of Meaning TV Show and Podcast, Andrew Goretsky, regional director of the ADL in Philadelphia, discusses the rising trend of antisemitism in the US.

Summary of the Conversation

Goretsky discusses his motivation for joining the Anti-Defamation League, which is to combat rising anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism on college campuses. He also talks about the organization’s partnership with Hillel, and their strategy of reporting incidents when they occur.

The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) was founded in 1913 in response to the rising tide of anti-Semitism around the world. The organization’s mission is to fight the defamation of the Jewish people and to secure justice and fair treatment to all. Today, the ADL is a leading voice in the fight against anti-Semitism and other forms of bigotry. The Philadelphia office serves the Greater Philadelphia area, which includes parts of Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware.

The Anti-Defamation League is a national organization with approximately 25 regional offices across the United States. The organization has a three-pronged approach to fighting hate and bigotry, which includes tracking and research of extremist activity, working with law enforcement, and educational programming. The Philadelphia office is responsible for incident response, legislation advocacy, and working with local schools on educational programming.

One approach to combating anti-Semitism on college campuses is to educate administrators, and the other is to encourage students to connect with Jewish organizations before something occurs. There is also information on the ADL website that can help students strategize if they do run into issues.

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About the Guest

Andrew M. Goretsky, Ed.D.

Andrew M. Goretsky, Ed.D. was named Regional Director for ADL Philadelphia in January 2022. The ADL Philadelphia Regional Office serves eastern Pennsylvania, southern New Jersey and the entire state of Delaware.  ADL and fights antisemitism and all forms of discrimination through education, advocacy and investigation.

Before joining ADL, Goretsky was Dean of Students at Arcadia University.  While there he worked to promote justice, equity, diversity and inclusion through daily interactions with students, faculty, and staff, and by leading staff in the development of initiatives that served the needs of their diverse population.

Before joining Arcadia, Goretsky served on both the Committee for International Student Success and the Diversity and Inclusion Committee at The George Washington University, serving as a member of the Multicultural Philosophy committee at the University of Maryland, and leading the Native American Special Interest residential community at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

Goretsky began his career working with students with learning differences at Landmark College in Putney VT. He holds a Doctor of Education, Higher Education Administration from The George Washington University and a Master of Arts, Student Personnel Administration from New York University.

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