List of Jewish American activists

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This is a list of notable Jewish American activists.

For other notable Jewish Americans, see List of Jewish Americans.


AIDS activists[edit]


Animal rights[edit]





Civil liberties[edit]

Conservatives and neoconservatives[edit]


Electronic rights activists[edit]

Environmental activists[edit]

Feminism and gay rights[edit]

Gun rights advocacy[edit]

  • Sandra Froman — President of the National Rifle Association (NRA), second female president and first Jewish president[8]

Health advocacy[edit]

Immigration reform[edit]

  • Kinky Friedman, country singer, 2006 candidate for Governor of Texas

Land reform[edit]

Leaders of Jewish communal organizations[edit]

Liberal and left-wing activists[edit]

Libertarian activists[edit]

Jewish Defense[edit]

Nazi hunters and Holocaust educators[edit]

  • Marvin Hier, Orthodox rabbi, founder and dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Center
  • Eli Rosenbaum, director of the Department of Justice's Office of Special Investigations since 1995; Nazi hunter since early 1980s

Palestinian rights[edit]


Radical left[edit]

Rights of Ethiopian Jews[edit]

Socialists and communists (historical)[edit]

Trade union leaders[edit]


See also[edit]


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  4. ^ "other Jewish authors who may be of interest... Bettina Aptheker"
  5. ^ "Clara Fraser, 1923-1998: American rebel and architect of socialist feminism". Archived from the original on 2004-03-09. 
  6. ^ Johnson, David K. (2002). "Franklin E. Kameny (1925-)". In Bullough, Vern L. Before Stonewall: Activists for Gay and Lesbian Rights in Historical Context. New York: The Haworth Press. pp. 209–218. ISBN 978-1-56023-193-6. 
  7. ^ Ross, Ross (2007-04-08). "Rebecca Walker bringing message to Expo". Pensacola News Journal. Retrieved 2007-04-08. 
  8. ^ Weinstein Bilson, Mara. "The President of the National Rifle Association is Jewish?". Moment Magazine. Archived from the original on December 6, 2006. Retrieved 2006-12-04. 
  9. ^ R. Reiner — [1] "Reiner, however, said Gibson also must do some "major soul-searching." "It’s not a matter of just apologizing for some words you’ve said," said Reiner, who is Jewish. "It’s to really understand why it is you’re anti-Semitic and where those feelings came from.""