On June 12, 2017, the Board of Directors of the Center for Jewish History announced the appointment of Professor David Myers as the Center's President and Chief Executive Officer. That announcement met with widespread and enthusiastic approval from the Center's members and friends and, not least, from the historians and other scholars that the Center seeks to serve.
After the Board’s recent receipt of a stream of vituperative emails demanding that Prof. Myers be dismissed by reason of political opinions he is said to have expressed during his years as a member of the History Department at UCLA including his published commentaries in the Jewish press on current issues, the Board has reaffirmed its complete confidence in Prof. Myers and the outstanding leadership he is providing as the Center moves forward to fulfill its mission in promoting the study and understanding of Jewish history. David Myers is a distinguished scholar who brings enormous energy, intellect and executive talent to the task. He enjoys the full and unwavering support of the Board and the staff.
The Board is pleased that its judgment in this regard has been confirmed by an outpouring of support for David Myers and his leadership of the Center. That support has come from hundreds of leading historians and experts in Jewish studies, both in the United States and in Israel, who have acclaimed his status as a first rank historian, Jewish intellectual and institutional leader. We call on all who believe in the importance of Jewish history to join us in us in supporting the Center and its distinguished President.