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February 10, 2014 6:26 pm

ADL Chief Abraham Foxman Announces 2015 Retirement

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ADL National Director Abraham Foxman. Photo: Justin Hoch.

ADL National Director Abraham Foxman. Photo: Justin Hoch.

JNS.orgAnti-Defamation League (ADL) National Director Abraham H. Foxman announced plans to step down in July, 2015. Foxman is a Holocaust survivor who after immigrating to America became National Director in 1987.

“Abe Foxman is a unique leader in American Jewish life. No one brings the combination of passion, experience, insight and courage to the Jewish community like Abe,” Barry Curtiss-Lusher, ADL National Chair, wrote in a letter to ADL’s National Commission. “His experience as a hidden child and the son of Holocaust survivors imprinted on his consciousness a deep pride in his Jewishness and the need to stand up for Jews wherever and whenever they were treated badly.”

“From its beginnings, ADL combatted anti-Semitism. Under Abe the added dimension has been the self-confidence about being Jewish, which manifests itself in a willingness to take courageous stands on behalf of the Jewish people. … In a word, it’s all about inspiration. Abe has inspired us all and we are so much the better for that, as individuals, as an organization, as a community,” Curtiss-Lusher also wrote.

After July 20, 2015 Foxman will become ADL Director Emeritus.

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  • Eric R

    Good riddance. The man is a leftist hack.

  • Beatrix

    Abe Foxman has done a good job, but he is wise to step down. So many Jewish organizations are headed by older people and younger Jews need youthful leadership at least as dynamic and forward looking as they are. Maybe Abe can now have a talk with Abbas.

  • Arie

    About time

    Perhaps now we’ll see someone who cares more about Jews then Obama, CAIR, and his wallet