Saturday, September 18th | 13 Tishri 5782

The Top 100 People Positively Influencing Jewish Life, 2017


Charles ‘Chuck’ Schumer

Senate minority leader

“I believe Hashem, actually, gave me my name,” Senator Charles ‘Chuck’ Schumer once told an interviewer, “as one of my roles that is very important in the United States Senate is to be a shomer ['guardian'], a shomer for Israel, and I will continue to be that with every bone in my body.”

Schumer has certainly remained true to his name. While the more extreme elements in the Democratic party have grown hostile to Israel, Schumer has become the de facto leader of his party’s pro-Israel camp. Most notably, he displayed rare political courage when he chose to oppose former President Obama’s nuclear deal with Iran.

The senator has shown no signs of slowing down this year. In June 2017 he publicly called on President Trump to move the US embassy to Jerusalem, saying, “We ought to get it done once and for all,” and co-sponsored an anti-BDS bill in Congress. (Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons.)


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