Abe Foxman to head Museum of Jewish Heritage centre for study of anti-Semitism

(JTA) – Former Anti-Defamation League (ADL) director Abraham Foxman will head a new centre for the study of “anti-Semitism and other forms of hatred” at the Museum of Jewish Heritage-A Living Memorial to the Holocaust.

“Unfortunately, anti-Semitism has never gone away and other forms of hatred including prejudice, bigotry, and bullying continue to persist,” museum chair Bruce Ratner said in a news release Monday. “We believe it remains essential to understand the genesis of these events, and I can think of no one better suited to take this on than Abe Foxman.”

The centre at the New York City museum will host a permanent exhibition on the “history and contemporary manifestations of anti-Semitism.” It will also offer programming, discussions, courses, school tours, research and timely news on issues pertaining to anti-Semitism.

“Using the Holocaust as history’s most extreme example of anti-Semitism, the museum’s exhibition will focus on the modern era, examine where the specific hatred of Jews comes from, why it continues to persist, and the dangers it poses to a free society,” the news release said.

Foxman resigned last June from the ADL, where he spent 28 years as national director and 50 years in total. Since September he has been working remotely as a fellow at the Institute for National Security Studies, a Tel Aviv think tank.

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