Thursday, May 26th | 25 Iyyar 5782

The Top 100 People Positively Influencing Jewish Life, 2021


Rafaella Gunz


Rafaella Gunz — a journalist focusing on LGBT and feminist issues — was studying at the CUNY School of Law in 2020 when she became a target of pro-Palestinian groups, particularly Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP), as a result of her criticism of their attitudes toward Jews and Israel. Gunz subsequently dropped out of CUNY, writing that her experience “compelled me to purchase a small, rose-gold Star of David necklace... I am no longer ashamed to let the world know I am a Jew.” Gunz has continued to combat antisemitism, writing about her recent experience of hosting an LGBTQ+ Jews room on newly minted social media platform Clubhouse in advance of Pride 2021. Gunz went on to discover that antisemitism was rife on Clubhouse; she pledged that anti-Jewish bigotry would not silence the platform’s Jewish users. (Photo: courtesy)


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