ADL Leadership

  • October 3, 2012


Abraham H. Foxman, National Director of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) since 1987, is world-renowned as a leader in the fight against anti-Semitism, bigotry and discrimination and the author of  Jews & Money: The Story of a Stereotype (Palgrave Macmillan, 2010), The Deadliest Lies: The Israel Lobby and the Myth of Jewish Control (Palgrave Macmillan, 2007) and Never Again? The Threat of the New Anti-Semitism (HarperSanFrancisco, 2003).

In the forefront of major issues of the day, including the rise of global anti-Semitism, the war on terrorism, church/state issues, religious intolerance and issues relating to the Holocaust, he consistently speaks out against hatred and violence wherever they occur.

Mr. Foxman regularly confers with elected officials and community leaders here and abroad.  He has had consultations in Europe, Russia, Israel, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, China, Japan, South Africa and Argentina, and with Palestinian leaders, on problems of ethnic hatred, violence, terrorism and promoting democracy.  He has had six audiences with Pope John Paul II and four with Pope Benedict XVI.  Mr. Foxman is a passionate supporter of the State of Israel and a voice for peace in the Middle East.

A Holocaust survivor, Mr. Foxman was a member of the President’s United States Holocaust Memorial Council, appointed by Presidents Reagan, Bush and Clinton.  He has been a participant of official Presidential delegations to special events in Europe and Israel.

Born in Poland in 1940, Mr. Foxman was saved from the Holocaust by his Polish Catholic nursemaid who baptized and raised him as a Catholic during the war years.  His parents survived the war, but 14 members of his family were lost.  He arrived in America in 1950 with his parents.

A graduate of the Yeshiva of Flatbush, Brooklyn, NY, Mr. Foxman has a B.A. in political science from the City College of the City University of New York, graduating with honors in history.  He holds a J.D. degree from New York University School of Law, and did graduate work in advanced Judaic studies at the Jewish Theological Seminary and in international economics at The New School for Social Research.  Mr. Foxman is fluent in several languages.  He joined ADL in 1965.

Mr. Foxman appears frequently on national news programs and is quoted often in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, Time and Newsweek, among other media.  His op-eds have appeared in newspapers across the country, and he is a regular contributor and blogger at The Huffington Post and The Jerusalem Post.

Awards and Honorary Degrees

Medal of “Grand Officer” of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic
Distinguished Alumni Award, New York University
Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters, Yeshiva University
Honorary Doctorate, Bar Ilan University
Jan Karski Eagle Award
French Legion of Honor Award
Commendatore of the Italian Republic
Honorary degree, Clark University
The Raoul Wallenberg Humanitarian Leadership Award
State University of New York at Albany’s University Medallion
Austria’s Grand Decoration of Honor in Gold
Bulgaria’s Order of the Madara Horseman
Honorary Doctor of Philosophy degree, University of Sofia, Bulgaria
Honorary degree, Iona College
Martin Luther King, Jr. and Donald R. Mintz Freedom and Justice Award, Dillard University
Townsend Harris Medal, City College of New York Alumni Association
Ellis Island Medal of Honor
Honorary Doctor of Law degree, Florida International University



National Director Abraham H. Foxman
Deputy National Director Kenneth Jacobson

Division Directors

Civil Rights Deborah M. Lauter
Development Clifford Schechter
Education David S. Waren
Finance and Administration Michael A. Kellman
Information Technology Sam Memberg
International Affairs Michael A. Salberg
Leadership Marvin S. Rappaport
Marketing and Communications Samuel Connor
Regional Operations Bob Wolfson
Washington Affairs Stacy Burdett
General Counsel Steven C. Sheinberg

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