Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg on Wednesday vowed to make an individual contribution of $2.5 million to the Anti-Defamation League, to support anti-hate and anti-bias education programs, research study and advocacy, according to a news release.
In a post on her individual Facebook page, Sandberg composed that she was making the contribution due to the increase in anti-Semitic attacks worldwide over the last few years.
“As I was sitting in synagogue with my parents on Yom Kippur, my mind wandered to earlier in the day when I saw the news that a gunman had attacked a synagogue in Halle on the holiest day of the Jewish year,” Sandberg stated in the release. “I couldn’t help but think that the situation could have been far worse had the synagogue door not been locked. With my parents’ 75th birthdays approaching and the recent and ongoing hate crimes at home and in Europe, I felt compelled to support the ADL and recognize their tireless work and commitment to counter extremism and hate.”
In her Facebook post, Sandberg motivated others to take part in ADL’s 11 Actions for 11 Lives social networks project, motivating individuals to act versus acts of hatred to honor the 1 year anniversary of the attack on 3 Jewish parishes in Pittsburgh.