Dr. Rachel Fish is founding Executive Director of the Foundation to Combat anti-Semitism. Robert Kraft, owner of the New England Patriots, established the foundation to catalyze dynamic new solutions to stop the age-old hatred advanced by those who seek the elimination of Judaism and the Jewish people and the modern movement to destroy the world’s only Jewish State. The foundation focuses on positively impacting attitudes of young people around the world, leveraging social media to deliver educational campaigns and spur action by people of all backgrounds. Fish was most recently Senior Advisor and Resident Scholar of Jewish/Israel Philanthropy at the Paul E. Singer Foundation in New York City. She worked closely with grantees to support them and provided framing around their educational content and programming. She also aided in developing strategy for the Foundation’s Jewish/Israel philanthropy. Fish was also the Executive Director of the Schusterman Center for Israel Studies at Brandeis University where she helped train the next generation of academics in the field of Israel Studies. She has taught at Brandeis University, Harvard University, UMASS Amherst and in adult Jewish education programs. In 2015 Fish held the Rohr Visiting Professorship at Harvard University, where she lectured on modern Israel and received the Derek Bok Certificate of Teaching Excellence. She is co-editor, with Ilan Troen, of the book Essential Israel: Essays for the Twenty-First Century.
Ten months after Robert Kraft, philanthropic owner of the New England Patriots football team, won the $1 million Genesis Prize and announced that he would use the prize money to establish a new organization to fight anti-Semitism, Rachel Fish was recently named the first executive director of his Foundation to Combat Ant-Semitism. The Jewish Week interviewed her by email. This is an edited transcript.
“I am thrilled to have Rachel lead this new and important effort,” Kraft said. “Rachel’s education, experience, and most importantly, her commitment make her the right person for this role. She is equipped to face the growing epidemic of anti-Semitism with tenacity and a proven track record of progress through a lifetime of work in this arena. Our family is honored and privileged to have Rachel lead this new foundation, which is so close to our hearts.”