Kenneth Jacobson

Deputy National Director
Kenneth Jacobson

Kenneth Jacobson, Deputy National Director of the Anti-Defamation League, is responsible for overseeing and coordinating the formulation of policy and its implementation.

Previously, Mr. Jacobson served as Senior Associate National Director, responsible for supervision of and overall strategy for both International Affairs and Interfaith Affairs, as well as the senior advisor on issues of both domestic and international ADL positions and statements.

As the Director of the International Affairs, he monitored and analyzed events affecting Jews in the Middle East, Europe and Latin America, and oversaw the ADL Jerusalem Office, which assesses first-hand issues surrounding the Arab-Israeli conflict, as well the League’s presence in Vienna and Moscow.

Mr. Jacobson is the author of numerous publications, including The Protocols: Myth and History; The Middle East: Questions and Answers; The Middle East “Post” Lebanon, and U.S. Aid to the Middle East: A Look Back, A Look Ahead. His articles have appeared in such prestigious publications as The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Christian Science Monitor, and Newsday. He has also been author of the annual article on U.S.-Israel Relations in The American Jewish Yearbook.  He has spoken before a variety of audiences and media outlets, not only in the United States, but in Russia, Germany, Israel and South Africa.

Mr. Jacobson joined the ADL staff in 1972 as a member of the agency’s Research and Evaluation Department. Five years later he was appointed Assistant Director of the Middle Eastern Affairs Department and in 1979 he was appointed Director of Middle Eastern Affairs. In 1983, he received the Milton A. Senn Award for Professional Excellence. In 1988 he was appointed Associate Director and in 1990 he was appointed Director of the International Affairs Division and in 1994, he was appointed Assistant National Director. Before joining ADL, Mr. Jacobson was a Research Associate at City University and an Administrator of college testing programs at New York University.

A graduate of Yeshiva University, where he earned the degree of Bachelor of Arts in history and Hebrew literature, he also holds a Master’s degree in American history from Columbia University.