On June 12, 2017, the Board of Directors of the Center for Jewish History announced the appointment of Professor David Myers as the Center's President and Chief Executive Officer. That announcement met with widespread and enthusiastic approval from the Center's members and friends and, not least, from the historians and other scholars that the Center seeks to serve.

After the Board’s recent receipt of a stream of vituperative emails demanding that Prof. Myers be dismissed by reason of political opinions he is said to have expressed during his years as a member of the History Department at UCLA including his published commentaries in the Jewish press on current issues, the Board has reaffirmed its complete confidence in Prof. Myers and the outstanding leadership he is providing as the Center moves forward to fulfill its mission in promoting the study and understanding of Jewish history. David Myers is a distinguished scholar who brings enormous energy, intellect and executive talent to the task. He enjoys the full and unwavering support of the Board and the staff.

The Board is pleased that its judgment in this regard has been confirmed by an outpouring of support for David Myers and his leadership of the Center. That support has come from hundreds of leading historians and experts in Jewish studies, both in the United States and in Israel, who have acclaimed his status as a first rank historian, Jewish intellectual and institutional leader. We call on all who believe in the importance of Jewish history to join us in us in supporting the Center and its distinguished President.

Statements of Support

Opinion Letter by Prof. David Ellenson and Prof. Jonathan D. Sarna

Statement of support from Prof. Steve Weitzman, Director of the Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies at the University of Pennsylvania

Statement of support from Jewish Studies scholars around the world

Statement of support from Academic Advisory Committees at the Center

Statement of support from Institute for Israel and Jewish Studies at Columbia University Petition

Statement of support from support from the Academic Advisory Board of the Leo Baeck Institute

Statement of support from the Board of the Historical Society of Israel (in Hebrew and English)


Statement of Clarification

Statement of clarification from Rebecca Vilkomerson, Executive Director, Jewish Voice for Peace