Operation Understanding’s mission is to develop a group of young African-American and Jewish leaders knowledgeable about each other’s histories and cultures to effectively lead the communities of Philadelphia to a greater understanding of diversity and acceptance.

Operation Understanding identifies potential leaders, exposes them to cross-cultural experiences, and provides them with the leadership and facilitation skills to promote understanding today and throughout their lives.

The program plants the seeds for life-long connections – cultivating allies, building bridges and forging lasting friendships across cultural, racial, and religious borders.