Robert Kraft names executive director of Foundation to Combat Anti-Semitism
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Robert Kraft names executive director of Foundation to Combat Anti-Semitism

New England Patriots owner established the foundation to tackle rising Jew-hate on social media and online

Robert Kraft (Photo Courtesy of the New England Patriots/David Silverman)
Robert Kraft (Photo Courtesy of the New England Patriots/David Silverman)

US businessman Robert Kraft has named Dr Rachel Fish as executive director of the Foundation to Combat Anti-Semitism.

Kraft, who is the owner of the New England Patriots, established the foundation this summer to tackle antisemitism in the US and around the world.

The foundation seeks to campaign against prejudice and antisemitism on social media and “galvanize popular support for Jews and the Jewish State.”

“It is an honor to work with the Kraft family, and I am both humbled by and eager for this opportunity,” Dr Fish said.

She added: “My entire life I’ve sought to educate against ignorance and fight hatred, and this role is the culmination of academic pursuits and advocacy efforts.

“It is incumbent upon all of us to fight antisemitism and educate our communities so as to eradicate hatred toward Judaism, the Jewish people and the Jewish State.”

Dr. Fish, who began in her new role on Monday, will manage planning, fundraising and operations, including hiring.

Previously, she worked at The Paul E. Singer Foundation and was executive director of the Schusterman Center for Israel Studies at Brandeis University.

She holds a PhD from Brandeis University and a master of theological studies in contemporary thought in Judaism and Islam from Harvard University.

Earlier this year, Kraft announced a founding investment of $20m (£16.2m) in his Genesis Prize acceptance speech in Jerusalem in June, while Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich pledged another £3.9m.

Kraft said he was “thrilled” to have hired Dr. Fish for the role. “Rachel’s education, experience, and most importantly, her commitment make her the right person for this role,” he said.

“Our family is honored and privileged to have Rachel lead this new foundation, which is so close to our hearts,” he added.

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