National President Morton A. Klein

ZOA National President Morton A. Klein

Morton A. Klein is the National President of the Zionist Organization of America (ZOA), the oldest pro-Israel group in the United States, founded in 1897.  Mr. Klein is widely regarded as one of the leading Jewish activists in the United States.  Morton Klein is a child of Holocaust survivors, and was born in a displaced persons camp in Günzburg, Germany.

Morton Klein was previously an economist in three administrations in Washington, D.C.; a biostatistician at the UCLA School of Public Health and the Linus Pauling Institute of Science and Medicine in Palo Alto, Calif., where he worked closely with double Nobel laureate Linus Pauling; and a mathematics and statistics lecturer at Temple University.

Morton Klein has testified before the Israeli Knesset and the U.S. Congress, including the House Foreign Affairs Committee; the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, Subcommittee on National Security; and the House Judiciary Committee.

The Philadelphia Jewish Exponent named Morton Klein one of the top dozen “Jewish activists of the century.” The NY Jewish Week (largest Federation paper) named Mr. Klein one of the top ten Jewish leaders who have made a difference. The Forward named Morton Klein one of the top five Jewish leaders in the U.S. today, stating “It’s impossible to deny that Klein has been extraordinarily effective.”  The U.S. Department of State has awarded Klein a “Certificate of Appreciation” “in recognition of outstanding contributions to national and international affairs,” after he delivered a major address there.  He is a member of the International Board of Governors of Ariel University in Israel.

Under Mr. Klein’s leadership, the Jerusalem Post called the ZOA, “one of the most important and influential groups in the U.S. today.”  The Wall Street Journal called the ZOA “heroic and the most credible advocate for Israel on the American Jewish scene today” and stated we should “snap a salute to those who were right about Oslo and Arafat all along, including Morton Klein who was wise, brave, and unflinchingly honest.  When the history of the American Jewish struggle in these years is written, Mr. Klein will emerge as an outsized figure.” Senator Ted Cruz in speaking to the Republican Jewish Coalition called Mort Klein “a ferocious defender of Israel.” And at the ZOA dinner Cruz said, ”There is no organization in America like the ZOA who speaks truth to lies. Mort Klein is an incredibly powerful voice. He reminds me of the Book of Exodus when G-D called upon Moses, who spoke in a clarion call when the situation demanded it.” Alan Dershowitz called Mort Klein “brilliant, whose arguments oftentimes convince me to change my opinion.”

The New York Times, in a profile called “Public Lives,” called Morton Klein, “a man who ferrets out anti-Semitism wherever it is, a rare voice from the outset in the American Jewish community against the Oslo Accords, and an iconoclast who is a prolific speechmaker, writer, and Congressional lobbyist.”

Mort Klein’s successful campaigns against anti-Israel bias in leading textbooks, travel guides, universities, churches, and the media, as well as his work on Capitol Hill, were the subject of 40 feature stories both here and in Israel.  He traveled to Germany and persuaded the publishers of Baedeker’s, the world’s leading travel guide, to correct the many anti-Israel errors in Its guides to Israel and Jerusalem. He launched a campaign to correct dozens of anti-Israel errors in D.C. Heath’s “The Enduring Vision,” the most widely used American high school and college history textbook. 

Discover Magazine cited Mr. Klein’s scientific research on nutrition and heart disease as one of the Top 50 Scientific Studies of 1992.  

Mr. Klein is quoted internationally and has appeared in the media in numerous countries including the U.S.A., Israel, France, Germany, Japan, Greece, Holland, etc.  More than 400 of his articles and letters have been published in newspapers, magazines, and scientific journals around the world, including the New York Times, Washington PostWall Street JournalLA TimesWashington TimesUSA Today, Congressional QuarterlyNew RepublicNew YorkerCommentaryNear East Report, Reform JudaismBreitbartAlgemeinerJerusalem Post, other leading Jewish papers, Philadelphia InquirerMiami HeraldChicago Tribune, Ha’aretzMaariv (Israel), Canadian Jewish News, Journal of Preventive Medicineand Journal of Epidemiology.

Morton Klein has appeared on TV and radio including ABC’s World News Tonight (4 minute segment on ZOA “Lobbying for Israel”), NBC National News, CNN, Fox-TV, CNBC, MSNBC, NPR, BBC, C-Span, VOA, Mark Levin Show, Israel TV/Radio. Lines from his speeches appear in the respected volume entitled “Great Jewish Quotations,” He is on the speaker’s bureau of UJC, and Israel Bonds.

Mr. Klein is married to Rita, has a married daughter Rachael, and four grandchildren.