14 Facts About Abraham Foxman


Abraham Foxman served as the national director of the Anti-Defamation League from 1987 to 2015, and is currently the League's national director emeritus.


Abraham Foxman immigrated to the United States in 1950 with his parents.


Abraham Foxman graduated from the Yeshivah of Flatbush in Brooklyn, New York City.


Abraham Foxman earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from the City College of New York and graduated with honors in history.


Abraham Foxman holds a JD degree from the New York University School of Law.


Abraham Foxman did graduate work in Jewish studies at the Jewish Theological Seminary of America and in international economics at The New School.


In 1987, Abraham Foxman was the consensus choice of the Board to become its new National Director, replacing long-time director Nathan Perlmutter.


Abraham Foxman has been awarded several honors from nonprofit groups, religious figures, and statesmen.


In 1998, Abraham Foxman received the Interfaith Committee of Remembrance Lifetime Achievement Award "as a leader in the fight against anti-Semitism, bigotry, and discrimination".


Abraham Foxman won the Raoul Wallenberg Humanitarian Leadership Award on April 18,2002, from the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Ramapo College of New Jersey.


On October 16,2006, Abraham Foxman was awarded as Knight of the Legion of Honor by Jacques Chirac, the President of France at the time.


Additionally, President George W Bush appointed Foxman to serve on the Honorary Delegation to accompany him to Jerusalem for the celebration of the 60th anniversary of Israel in May 2008.


Abraham Foxman has received criticism from Jewish and non-Jewish quarters for his antagonist approach to the 2004 film The Passion of the Christ and its director, Mel Gibson.


In September 2003, during the pre-release controversy, Abraham Foxman called Gibson "the portrait of an anti-Semite".