June 4, 2019
News Press Release

Mazel Tov to ZOA Director Susan B. Tuchman, Esq. on her upcoming honor by the Bergen County High School of Jewish Studies

The Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) congratulates Susan B. Tuchman, Esq. on her upcoming honor by the Bergen County High School of Jewish Studies in recognition of her incredible, trailblazing efforts!

Susan B. Tuchman, Esq., director of ZOA’s Center for Law & Justice, will receive the L’Dor V’Dor award at the annual gala dinner for the Bergen Country High School of Jewish Studies (BCHSJS) on June 5, 2019. This award recognizes people who further Jewish continuity by supporting programs for Jewish teens and there is no one more deserving than our colleague, Susan. 

In 2016, Susan Tuchman was chosen by The Forward as one of the “50 most influential members of the Jewish community” based on her legal work on behalf of Jewish students. 

In an article about the gala’s honorees, the Jewish Standard detailed Susan’s impressive experience, noting that, “Under her leadership, the ZOA filed a groundbreaking civil rights complaint of anti-Semitism at the University of California at Irvine, and led a battle that included rallying other national Jewish organizations and finding bipartisan support from Congress. The outcome was that Jewish students now are protected from anti-Semitic harassment and intimidation under Title VI of the Civil Rights Act.”

Susan also led the way for the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights’ groundbreaking decision in 2018 to use the U.S. State Department’s working definition of anti-Semitism. This was a direct result of ZOA’s 2011 case against New Jersey’s Rutgers University, which alleged that Jewish students were subjected to a hostile campus environment in violation of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act.

Susan has made tremendous accomplishments over the course of her career and the Jewish people all over the world benefit from her tireless efforts and hard work, especially in the New York metropolitan area. In addition to advocating on behalf of Jews across the globe, as the director of ZOA’s Center for Law & Justice, Susan has lectured across the country to people of all ages about campus anti-Semitism and the ZOA’s leading role in fighting it. She is committed to ensuring that students and their parents are aware of the legal rights owed to them and will never turn down an opportunity to educate and encourage change. 

The entire ZOA team wishes our sincerest congratulations to our dear colleague and we wish her much continued success in all of her endeavors. We hope to continue to learn from Susan for many more years to come. 

Click here for more info on the BCHSJS annual gala.