Director of Interfaith Affairs Resigns from Anti-Defamation League

November 14, 2003

Source: The Jewish Week

On November 14, 2003 The Jewish Week reported that "in an unexpected development that could set back relations between Jews and other faiths, Dr. Eugene Korn, who has been making national headlines criticizing Mel Gibson’s controversial Jesus movie, is no longer director of interfaith affairs for the Anti-Defamation League. It is the second departure of a national Jewish interfaith specialist in two years, leading some veterans in the field to warn of a shortage at a time when religion is more important than ever in world and domestic policymaking. Korn’s departure comes as the newly named Union of Reform Judaism announced a new national interfaith project calling for synagogues and churches to launch joint study programs to study sacred texts and Israel. Officially, the ADL says Korn resigned after 28 months with the agency 'to pursue other interests.' But knowledgeable observers say Korn was forced out by ADL national director Abraham Foxman after a series of conflicts over the handling of interfaith affairs."