Skip To Content
Back to Opinion

Letter | No, American Jewish Congress did not hire a white nationalist

Dear Editor,

Your recent article concerning a former employee of the American Jewish Congress is highly misleading and grossly misrepresentative of the facts.

While it appears that an individual with radical, far-right views was briefly employed at the American Jewish Congress, we were unaware of his beliefs until after his departure. Your article unfairly implies otherwise.

The individual was not our “Marketing Director,” as your article states. No such position exists at the American Jewish Congress, and we informed your reporter as such. Nonetheless, this misrepresentation was included in the story in an attempt to elevate this individual and to sensationalize the story. The individual worked in a low-level, technical capacity, and his termination was performance-related, not related to discovery of his unacceptable political views.

The insinuation that we knew the individual was a far-right activist is completely absurd. The American Jewish Congress has a long and proud history promoting racial equality and social justice. The Forward is well-aware that we were founded more than a century ago by great leaders such as Albert Einstein, former Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir, and U.S. Supreme Court Justices Louis Brandeis and Felix Frankfurter as a national democratic organization dedicated to equal rights for all Americans. We remain so committed.

Far-right activists also have a long tradition of infiltrating groups and organizations they oppose to undermine their mission and attempt to humiliate them. The Forward should not act as their handmaiden.


Jack Rosen
American Jewish Congress


Republish This Story

Please read before republishing

We’re happy to make this story available to republish for free, unless it originated with JTA, Haaretz or another publication (as indicated on the article) and as long as you follow our guidelines. You must credit the Forward, retain our pixel and preserve our canonical link in Google search.  See our full guidelines for more information, and this guide for detail about canonical URLs.

To republish, copy the HTML by clicking on the yellow button to the right; it includes our tracking pixel, all paragraph styles and hyperlinks, the author byline and credit to the Forward. It does not include images; to avoid copyright violations, you must add them manually, following our guidelines. Please email us at [email protected], subject line “republish,” with any questions or to let us know what stories you’re picking up.

We don't support Internet Explorer

Please use Chrome, Safari, Firefox, or Edge to view this site.