Wednesday, June 7th | 18 Sivan 5783

The Top 100 People Positively Influencing Jewish Life, 2020


Rose Ritch


A Jewish student leader at the University of Southern California (USC), Rose Ritch resigned as vice president of the Undergraduate Student Government at the Los Angeles school in August 2020 after she faced a campaign of antisemitic harassment. In her resignation letter, Ritch noted that she was targeted “not because I am a woman, nor because I identify as queer, femme, or cisgender… But because I also openly identify as a Zionist, a supporter of Israel’s right to exist as a Jewish state, I have been accused by a group of students of being unsuitable as a student leader.” In response to Ritch’s move, USC President Carol Folt announced a new initiative, run by the USC Shoah Foundation, called “Stronger than Hate.” (Photo: Wikimedia / Creative Commons License)


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