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Congrats Prof. Miriam Elman: Algemeiner’s top 100 people “positively influencing Jewish life”

Congrats Prof. Miriam Elman: Algemeiner’s top 100 people “positively influencing Jewish life”

In addition to her academic and community accomplishments, her work documenting the anti-Israel movement’s tactics has earned Prof. Elman deserved accolades.

The Algemeiner “was founded in 1972 by famed journalist Gershon Jacobson as Der Algemeiner Journal and was originally published in Yiddish.” It’s now one of a core of “Jewish” publications, but unlike some leftist publications like The Forward, it’s more moderate in its politics.

We often link to Israel and BDS-related stories that run in The Algemeiner. In that regard, there’s an overlap with our coverage of those issues.

The Algemeiner has started a tradition of publishing an annual “J100” list of the top 100 people “positively influencing Jewish life.” You don’t need to be Jewish to be on the J100 list.

On Thursday, September 13, 2018, Algemeiner unveiled it’s 5th Annual J100 list:

The Algemeiner unveiled its 5th annual “J100” list of the top 100 people “positively influencing Jewish life” on Thursday night, at a star-studded gala in New York City. Honorees in attendance included famed actress Sharon Stone and Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat.

The event, held at Capitale, 130 Bowery, was attended by over 500 people, who gathered in support of The Algemeiner.

The crowd was moved by emotional remarks made by Keren Brosh, the granddaughter of Holocaust survivor Mireille Knoll who was brutally murdered in her Paris apartment six months ago.

Past honorees and participants in the annual event have included media mogul Rupert Murdoch, the late Nobel Peace Prize laureate Elie Wiesel, President Donald Trump, Czech President Miloš Zeman, artist Yaacov Agam, the late entertainer Joan Rivers, former British Justice Secretary Michael Gove and Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein, among others.

This year’s J100 List is an eclectic group, including political figures (e.g., Donald Trump, John Bolton, Mike Pompeo,  Nikki Haley, Benjamin Netanyahu, Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman), political pundits (Ben Shapiro, James Taranto), and many others, including our friend Hen Mazzig.

Here is a video running through the honorees. Don’t blink, or you will miss someone special to us.

That’s right, if you didn’t blink (or if you read the headline to this post), you’d know that our very own Prof. Miriam Elman is honored this year.

Here’s the write up:

An associate professor of political science and security studies at the Maxwell School of Syracuse University, Miriam Elman is a regular contributor to the influential blog Legal Insurrection on topics concerning Israel and the BDS movement. Her books include Jerusalem: Conflict and Cooperation in a Contested City (2014) and her op-eds have been published by Haaretz, The Post-Standard and other outlets. Elman is also an editorial board member of the journals International Security, Foreign Policy Analysis and Political Research Quarterly. She serves as a member of the Council of Scholars of Scholars for Peace in the Middle East (SPME), a leading pro-Israel organization among higher education professionals.

This is particularly impressive because there were only 11 other honorees in the “academia” category:

1. Rafael Pankowski (Collegium Civitas U, Poland)
2. Abraham Socher (Editor, Jewish Review of Books)
3. David Biale (Professor, UC Davis)
4. Gil Troy (Professor, McGill U)
5. Keith Eldredge (Assistant VP and Dean of Students, Fordham)
6. Lawrence S. Bacow (President, Harvard)
7. Lesley Klaff (Senior Lecturer, Sheffield Hallam U)
8. Martin Goodman (Professor, Oxford)
9. Thane Rosenbaum (Distinguished Fellow, NYU School of Law)
10. Simon Schama (Professor, Columbia U)
11. Joseph Koerner (Professor, Harvard)

It’s easy to understand why Miriam is on the list. You’ve followed her work here. She digs into subjects with a level of detail and clarity rarely seen online. Her academic background has taught her well to document what she asserts, so it’s not just pontificating.

Miriam has broken ground in much of her reporting. While it’s impossible to list all her great posts since she first joined us in April 2015, Miriam has made a name for herself by documenting the anti-Israel movement’s tactics, particularly so-called “Jewish Voice for Peace”:

These posts alerted the community to the insidious danger and often dishonest tactics of the anti-Israel movement, and have helped mobilize opposition.

Congrats on being named to Algemeiner’s 5th Annual J100 List, Miriam. You earned it.


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Congratulations, Prof. Elman. You are one of the best.

Well deserved, Prof. Elman!

“William A. Jacobson” = “chopped liver”



Kudos to you, Professor Elman!

A heartfelt congratulations and thank you for your work. Go Orange!

“L’fum tzara agra, according to the effort is the reward.” – Ben Hei Hei, Ethics of the Fathers, 5:26.

Wonderful that your efforts are recognized in this formal manner. Please know they are recognized and appreciated here at LI, although not always expressed. Mazel tov!