Baruch Korff

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Baruch Korff (July 4, 1914 – July 26, 1995) was a longtime Jewish community activist. He was politically close to Richard Nixon, and was known as "Nixon's rabbi."

Early years[edit]

Korff was born in Ukraine and emigrated to the United States in 1927. He was active in the anti-Nazi movement prior to and during World War II, and was an active supporter of the development of a Jewish state in Palestine.

In 1947 in the aftermath of the Exodus (ship) incident, he led a Stern Gang plot to bomb London in protest[1][2]. He was arrested by the French, but released after a 17-day hunger strike.

He worked for many years as a rabbi in Taunton, Massachusetts.

Relationship with Nixon[edit]

After his retirement, Korff became an active supporter of Richard Nixon, despite Nixon's known anti-Semitism[3]. He defended Nixon during Nixon's growing unpopularity over Watergate.

Korff met with Nixon on May 13, 1974, after which he wrote the book The Personal Nixon: Staying on the Summit.

Personal life[edit]

Rabbi Baruch Korff was married to Rebecca. Their daughter is Zamira. He is the Rabbi Emeritus of Congregation Agudath Achim in Taunton, Massachusetts.

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