JTA Twitter 50: Rabbi Jill Jacobs


Rabbi Jill Jacobs –@rabbijilljacobs

Rabbi Jacobs wants to put readers on notice: The death of the pro-Israel left has been greatly exaggerated.

As executive director of T’ruah: The Rabbinic Call for Human Rights, Jacobs often is critical of Israel’s right-wing government, as well as the Trump administration’s hard-line immigration and social welfare policies. Her strong opinions have helped her cultivate one of the largest Twitter followings for a rabbi.

She refuses to cede the term “pro-Israel” to the right, and has been critical of progressives who wield the double standard in boycotting and isolating Israel. She’s a magnet for critics (Twitter erupted when she defended pro-Palestinian activist Linda Sarsour from charges of anti-Semitism), but she often deflects them with a sly sense of humor and perhaps a verse or two from Torah.

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