Friday, October 22nd | 16 Heshvan 5782

The Top 100 People Positively Influencing Jewish Life, 2021


Elisha Wiesel

Businessman and activist

American businessman Elisha Wiesel is the only child of Jewish writer, activist, and Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel and himself an activist fighting antisemitism. Speaking at a New York City rally in solidarity with Israel in May 2021, Wiesel recalled that his father had written a book called The Jews of Silence, a reference to “American Jews who refused to speak up for their Jewish brethren across oceans and borders.” Continued Wiesel: “Once again, too many of us have shamefully become the Jews of Silence. We have spoken up for every cause but our own.” In July, Wiesel went on to organize a rally against antisemitism in Washington, DC. “I am done being angry at Jews with whom I disagree,” he wrote afterwards. “I am saving my anger for the antisemites who threaten our safety in the Diaspora and in Israel, who lie about us in the halls of Congress and in American universities, who work within social, published and broadcast media to spread bias against us.” (Photo: Zioness)


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