ADL National Director Abraham H. Foxman announces 2015 retirement

Vice President Joe Biden, right, sings "happy birthday" to Abraham H. Foxman, national director of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), at the ADL's Centennial Gala on April 30, 2013 in Washington, DC. Credit: David Karp.

( Anti-Defamation League (ADL) National Director Abraham H. Foxman announced plans to step down in July 2015. Foxman is a Holocaust survivor who after immigrating to America became national director in 1987.

“Abe Foxman is a unique leader in American Jewish life,” Barry Curtiss-Lusher, ADL national chair, wrote in a letter to ADL’s National Commission. “No one brings the combination of passion, experience, insight and courage to the Jewish community like Abe. His experience as a hidden child and the son of Holocaust survivors imprinted on his consciousness a deep pride in his Jewishness and the need to stand up for Jews wherever and whenever they were treated badly.”

Foxman said in a statement, “My years at ADL, particularly the 27 spent as national director, could not have been more rewarding. ADL continued its growth as a highly respected and influential organization both here in the United States and across the globe. We have never lost sight of the fact that we are an organization whose first priority is to fight anti-Semitism and protect the Jewish people. I’m proud of all that we have accomplished.”

After July 20, 2015, Foxman will become ADL director emeritus. 

Posted on February 10, 2014 .