Statement from the Simon Wiesenthal Center on the Passing of Former Senator Joe Lieberman

March 27, 2024

Rabbi Abraham Cooper, Associate Dean and Director of Global Social Action Agenda for the Simon Wiesenthal Center, today issued the following statement on the passing of Senator Joe Lieberman:

“The Simon Wiesenthal Center mourns the passing of former US Senator Joseph Lieberman.

Senator Lieberman was a great American, a proud and knowledgeable Jew, a passionate defender of Israel, and always a gentleman and first-class mensch.

He was a leader who stood by his principles but always sought ways to find consensus and compromise with other people of good faith, whatever their political affiliation. Lieberman was exactly the kind of leader that this generation of American leaders should emulate. We will miss this gentle, great man, who made America a better place for all and who lived his life by the values of the Torah.”

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The Simon Wiesenthal Center is an international Jewish human rights organization. It holds consultative status at the United Nations, UNESCO, the OSCE, the Council of Europe, the OAS, and the Latin American Parliament (PARLATINO).   

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