About OU

Operation Understanding was established in 1985 in response to concerns about the increasing tension and waning communication between African-Americans and Jews. The program concept was developed by former US Congressman and President of the United Negro College Fund William H. Gray and George M. Ross, Senior Director of Goldman, Sachs and Co. and former Chairman of the Board of the American Jewish Committee, Philadelphia Chapter.

Operation Understanding’s mission is to develop African-American and Jewish leaders who are educated about each other’s experiences and can effectively lead their communities to a greater understanding of their differences and their similarities.


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