DAVID NESENOFF 311.
(photo credit: Courtesy)
David Nesenoff, the American rabbi and filmmaker who has been in the headlines
since videotaping veteran journalist Helen Thomas telling the Jews of Israel to
“go home” to Poland and Germany, said Thursday that he has “never been closer”
to coming to live in Israel himself.
Nesenoff, who is in Israel for two
months visiting a son in yeshiva and doing work with the One Family Fund, the
David Project and Nefesh B’Nefesh, said he had “always considered making aliya,”
and that he had been deeply moved by the support he got from Israelis after the
Thomas affair generated what he said was “a lot of anti-Semitism” against him
from around the world.
He said he got “tens of thousands of hate mails,”
but that many Israelis wrote to him, “inviting me to their kibbutzim, to their
offices.” He said he was visiting some of those who had supported him on this
Nesenoff is also meeting with some of the families of terror
victims helped by the One Family Fund, holding discussions with yeshiva students
here under the aegis of the David Project about the importance of defending
Israel’s legitimacy, and exploring how his “media, filmmaking and marketing
expertise” can help Nefesh B’Nefesh encourage immigration.
He said he was
trying to utilize his prominence in the wake of the Thomas affair “not
opportunistically, but as an opportunity.”
Last month, Nesenoff gave the
keynote address at a Yale University conference on anti-Semitism, in
said, he focused on countering Thomas’s call for Israeli Jews to “go
stressing that “Israel is
“You can argue about borders and
fences,” he said, but not about “the connection between the Jews and the