David Harris, Executive Director of the American Jewish Committee
Executive Director, American Jewish Committee
1949 - Born in California
1970 - Graduates, University of Pennsylvania
1972 - Graduates, London School of Economics
1977 - Junior Associate, Oxford University (St. Antony's College)
1990 - Executive Director, American Jewish Committee
2000 - Visiting Scholar, School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University
2003 - Receives, Lifetime Achievement Award from the Russian Jewish community in the U.S.
2003 - Awarded an honorary doctorate by Hebrew Union College
David Harris is a widely recognized expert on the condition of Jewish communities worldwide. He's also a specialist in global anti-Semitism, Israel's quest for peace and security, and international human rights. He has written extensively in leading newspapers and magazines, and has a weekly slot on the CBS radio network. In the course of his career in Jewish studies, he has traveled throughout the world, monitoring the condition of Jewish communities, combating anti-Semitism, advancing Israel's diplomatic standing, and promoting international human rights and inter-faith understanding. Among the highlights of his career, was his key role in the emigration of over one million Jews from the Soviet Union. He was described by the Washington Post as "one of the leading spokesmen" for the Soviet Jewish movement. In 2003, Mr. Harris received the first Lifetime Achievement Award from the Russian Jewish community in the U.S. for "his lifelong dedication to the physical and spiritual return of Soviet Jews to the Jewish people."
The American Jewish Committee was founded in 1906. Since then, for hundred years the Organization exerted its influence on politics of the United States. Today, the US interests lie far beyond its borders - does it coincide with the interests of the Committee? David Harris, Executive Director of the American Jewish Committee, is on Spotlight to tell us more.