Friday, July 1st | 2 Tammuz 5782

The Top 100 People Positively Influencing Jewish Life, 2020


Zach Banner

Offensive tackle, Pittsburgh Steelers

Pittsburgh Steelers offensive tackle Zach Banner rushed to the defense of the Jewish community following an antisemitic social media post by his fellow NFL player, DeSean Jackson of the Philadelphia Eagles, in July 2020. Banner, who is of Chamorro and African-American descent, has said that several of his family members were Jewish. His first season with the Steelers coincided with the 2018 massacre at the city’s Tree of Life Synagogue. Reflecting on the atrocity this year, Banner said: “We need to understand that Jewish people deal with the same amount of hate and similar hardships and hard times. I want to preach to the black and brown community that we need to uplift the Jewish community and put our arms around them just as much when we talk about Black Lives Matter and elevating ourselves.” (Photo: Wikimedia / Creative Commons License)


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