AJC CEO to brief Tidewater Jewish community on rise of global anti-Semitism

by | May 26, 2020 | Trending News

Wednesday, June 3, 7 pm

David Harris, CEO of the American Jewish Committee, will brief Tidewater’s Jewish community on the rise of global anti-Semitism. The event is presented by the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater’s Community Relations Council and Holocaust Commission.

Anti-Semitism is the world’s oldest hatred and a tangible threat not only to Jews but also to the very fabric of democratic societies. In recent years, violent attacks on Jews and Jewish institutions and anti-Jewish sentiments expressed by the leaders of far-right and far-left political parties, as well as Islamists, have surfaced around the globe. As CEO of the American Jewish Committee (AJC), David Harris works to counter anti-Semitism in all its guises by calling on governments to act and by organizing coalitions with other faith and ethnic groups to forge a united front against hate.

Harris is one of the most erudite, knowledgeable, and informative leaders in Jewish life today. CEO of the American Jewish Committee since 1990, he is a visionary who brings the world’s diverse Jewish communities together to fight anti-Semitism, support Israel, and reject extremism. He is a staunch defender of democracy and human rights around the world.

A leader in the Soviet Jewry movement, Harris worked closely with refuseniks to fight anti-Semitism in the Soviet Union and ultimately help them gain their freedom.

Called the “Foreign Minister of the Jewish People” by the late Israeli president Shimon Peres, Harris regularly meets with prime ministers and senior officials around the world, and has a unique perspective on Jewish issues from a global vantage point.

This is a Zoom call not to be missed. FREE and open to the community with pre-registration required at ujft.salsalabs.org/AJCDavidHarrisZOOM. Contact Megan Zuckerman, CRC director at MZuckerman@ujft.org for more information.