Abraham Foxman Stepping Down As ADL Director


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The longtime national director of the Anti-Defamation League is stepping down after almost a half century working for the Jewish nonprofit.

The New York-based organization announced Monday that 73-year-old Abraham Foxman will leave in July 2015.

He says the ADL was for him the “perfect vehicle” for fighting anti-Semitism and other forms of oppression.

Foxman led it for the past 27 years.

He was born in the Soviet Union, survived the Holocaust as a hidden child and moved to the United States with his parents.

The ADL has 30 regional offices in the United States and one in Israel.

A successor has yet to be chosen. Foxman is to become director emeritus.



  1. Good riddance to this liberal pro-immorality fellow.

    Next let us wish good riddance to the ADL itself (and the AJC and B’nai B’rith and all the others in their league).

  2. OK, everybody. Can we now have a vote as to which comment is more ridiculous: No. 1 or No. 2. I think it’s a toss-up.

    Comment No. 1 overlooks the excellent job that the ADL, under Mr. Foxman’s leadership, has done protecting Jews from discrimination. You may not like all he’s done for the benefit of non-Jews, but overall, he has been an important protector of Jews. As for protecting Torah, well, maybe not, but Commenter No. 1 can cover for him.

    Comment No. 2 creates a false equivalency between the MSNBC on-air personality and rabble-rouser and the distinguished Mr. Foxman. And Mr. Sharpton has largely been gotten rid of, anyway – he is too busy counting his MSNBC money to make trouble the way he used to.

  3. Ngfo3–I wasn’t equating foxman with that rasha, sharpton; merely pointing out that while yes there is still some anti semitism and racism out there, not every event needs to be blown out of proportion with the alleged offender kissing the rings of foxman/sharpton to receive proper atonement.

  4. baruch hashem for people who protect us poor yidden like dov hikind simcha felder chiam deutch pesach osoona abe biderman even some righteous goyim like our wonderful new mayor bill de blasio yeruchem fish brad lander jasmine garcia vioux the progressive caucus and even al sharpton. shame on you JEW YORKER for making a huge chillul hashem on the internet for not showing them the appreciation which they deserve. people like you cause them to be reluctant to give as much money to our yeshivos if you disrespect them. if only you would speak to some of our pronenent askonim you would know what they do for you. so next time you get your tuition bill, remember how much higher it would be if not for these tzaddikim