Justice, Justice Shall You Pursue

The American Association of Jewish Lawyers & Jurists (AAJLJ) is the voluntary bar association of American Jewish lawyers. We are a national nonprofit association that represents the American Jewish legal community in regard to legal issues that affect, and are of importance to, the community, including; freedom of religion, civil rights, human rights, access to justice, social justice, and defense of the rule of law. The Association also represents and defends the interests of the State of Israel in regard to legal matters such as the BDS movement, and by providing opportunities for American lawyers to better understand the Israeli justice system and the strength of the rule of law in Israel. 




On October 8, 2021, the AAJLJ, along with Agudath Israel of America, the Anti Defamation League, Hadassah, Israeli-American Civic Action Network , Jerusalem Institute of Justice, The Lawfare Project, StandWithUS, Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America, and Zachor Legal, submitted an Amicus Brief to the Supreme Court, in support of Petitioners seeking certiorari review before the United States Supreme Court, in Weiss et al v. National Westminster Bank (NatWest). As argued in the attached brief, Petitioners, who are the victims and families of victims of Hamas terrorist attacks in Israel, seek compensation from NatWest for NatWest's facilitation of financial transactions for an alleged charitable organization (designated by the U.S. Department of Treasury as a "Specially Designated Global Terrorist") with alleged ties to Hamas (designated by the U.S. Department of State as a "Foreign Terrorist Organization"). We extend a heartfelt thanks to Counsel of Record Justin Danilewitz, Partner, White Collar and Government Litigation at Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr LLP, Arthur Traldi, Jonathan Rotter, and Alyssa Grzesh, for their valuable input and collaboration, as well as to Justin Danilewitz's colleagues at Saul Ewing, Mayer Kohn and Christie McGuinness.  Read the brief here.





Gil Ofarim, a 39-year-old singer and dual citizen of Israel and Germany, posted a video to social media Tuesday night in which he accused the Westin Leipzig hotel of denying him service because he was wearing a Star of David necklace.  The employee at the hotel, described by Ofarim as the “manager at the check-in counter” and whom he identified only as “Mr. W.” said to him, “Put away your Star [of David.]  The video, which he titled “Antisemitism in Germany 2021” in all capital letters, has gone viral, with antisemitism watchdogs and others sharing it widely.  The AAJLJ not only joins the international community in its condemnation, but demands action.  See the AAJLJ's letter to Anthony Capuano, CEO and President of Marriott International.

On September 30, 2021, Richard D. Heideman presented "The Lessons of Hate: Understanding and addressing the meteoric rise of anti-Semitism and anti-Israelism."  Click here to view the recording and slideshow from his presentation: