Esther Safran Foer

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Esther Safran Foer (born 1946) is a writer and the former Executive Director of Sixth & I Synagogue in Washington, DC.

Early life[edit]

Esther Safran was born in Łódź, Poland to Louis and Ethel Safran, Holocaust survivors who met in 1945. She spent her early childhood in a displaced persons camp before moving with her family to the United States in 1949.[1] The family later settled in Washington, DC. Esther's father committed suicide in 1954.[2][3][4]


Safran Foer is married to Albert Foer, a lawyer and president of the American Antitrust Institute. They have three sons; novelist Jonathan Safran Foer, and journalists Franklin and Joshua Foer.[3][5]


Foer worked as press secretary for presidential candidate George McGovern. She founded public-relations firm FM Strategic Communications in 2002 and served as Executive Director of Sixth & I Synagogue from 2007 to 2016.[6]

In 2008, The Forward recognized Foer as one of its Forward 50. The Washingtonian included Foer in their 2015 list of The Most Powerful Women in Washington.[7]

In 2020, Froer published her memoir I Want You To Know We’re Still Here.[2] In it she describes how she discovered and explored the existence of her father's first wife and daughter who perished in the Holocaust.[8]


  1. ^ "I Want You To Know We're Still Here: A Post-Holocaust Memoir: Publisher's Weekly". Publisher's Weekly. Retrieved April 1, 2020.
  2. ^ a b "'I Want You to Know We're Still Here' is a memoir of heartbreak and horror - The Boston Globe". Retrieved April 1, 2020.
  3. ^ a b March 31, Melissa Weiss; 2020 (March 31, 2020). "Esther Safran Foer wants you to know she's still here". Jewish Insider. Retrieved April 1, 2020.CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  4. ^ "Author Discusses Her 'Post-Holocaust Memoir'". Retrieved April 1, 2020.
  5. ^ "The Foer Family". Observer. December 18, 2006. Retrieved April 1, 2020.
  6. ^ "Esther Foer Is Stepping Down From Sixth & I in September". Washingtonian. July 7, 2016. Retrieved April 1, 2020.
  7. ^ "Board of Directors | Jewish Women's Archive". Retrieved April 1, 2020.
  8. ^ Joseph, Anne. "Safran Foer matriarch joins author kids with her first book, on Holocaust roots". Retrieved May 26, 2020.