Associate Dean, Director Global Social Action Agenda, Simon Wiesenthal Center and Museum of Tolerance
RABBI ABRAHAM COOPER
Rabbi Abraham Cooper the Associate Dean and Director of Global Social Action Agenda of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, a leading Jewish human rights organization and its renowned Museum of Tolerance. A longtime activist for Jewish and human rights’ causes on six continents, he came to Los Angeles in 1977 with Rabbi Marvin Hier to found the Wiesenthal Center.
Rabbi Cooper oversees the Wiesenthal Center’s international social action agenda and worldwide promotion of tolerance education. He is widely recognized as a pioneer and international authority on issues related to Digital Terrorism and Hate and Social Media. Rabbi Cooper meets regularly with political and religious leaders, from the Vatican to Paris and Berlin and from Argentina to Azerbaijan, India, China and Japan. He has coordinated international conferences at UNESCO, Berlin, Geneva and multi-faith conferences on religion and terrorism in Bali and Mumbai. He has testified before the UN, US Senate, Japanese Diet, the French Parliament, Argentina’s Congress, and the OSCE.
Rabbi Cooper served as project manager of the Center’s historical exhibition, People, Book, Land: The 3,500 Year Relationship of the Jewish People with The Holy Land, co-organized with UNESCO, that has already been presented at UN headquarters, the U.S. Congress, UNESCO, Israel’s Knesset, and The Vatican.
Rabbi Cooper’s op-eds appear across the media spectrum in the US and abroad. Newsweek/Daily Beast lists Rabbi Cooper together with Rabbi Hier as #8 among the “50 Most Influential Rabbis in the United States”.
Cooper is a founding member of Israel’s Global Forum on Anti-Semitism.