Russell Simmons visited an exhibition on Auschwitz accompanied by Rabbi Marc Schneier, the founder and president of The Foundation for Ethnic Understanding that Russell Simmon chairs, in what Jewish community leaders felt was an important show of support for “Holocaust communication efforts, especially in the New York public school system.” Auschwitz – the Depth of the Abyss is free to the public through Mar. 11th at the United Nations’ General Assembly Visitors’ Lobby.
As the blog Jewlicious discusses, the recent announcement of a Public Service campaign involving Russell Simmons called “I am a Jew,” featuring television spots in which celebrities will show their opposition to anti-Semitism, has been attacked by the Anti Defamation League in a move that some have described as “bizarre.”
Last month, BlackElectorate.com ran an interview by Cedric Muhammed with Russell Simmons that digs into what Simmons is about in relationship to Jews and politics more generally.
In related news, Cedric Muhammed has one of the more useful perspectives on the sale of The ROC while Jewlicious has made a point of declaring that Jewish, Israeli, hip hop violinist Miri Ben-Ari is Grammylicious.