Morton Klein

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Morton A. Klein
Born Gunzberg, Germany
Nationality American
Occupation President of the Zionist Organization of America

Morton A. Klein is a German-born American economist, statistician, and pro-Israeli activist. He is the president of the Zionist Organization of America (ZOA).[1]

Zionist Organization of America

In 1993, while serving as the organization’s Philadelphia chapter president, Klein was elected national president.[2]

The ZOA web site quotes the following from Klein's Encyclopaedia Judaica entry: "Klein revived a moribund Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) in the 1990s and made it one of the most outspoken organizations on the American Jewish scene."[3]


Klein is a child of Holocaust survivors, born in a displaced persons camp in Gunzberg, Germany. He is an economist who served in the Nixon, Ford, and Carter Administrations. He has served as a biostatistician at UCLA School of Public Health and the Linus Pauling Institute of Science and Medicine in Palo Alto, Calif. He has been a lecturer in mathematics and statistics at Temple University.[4]

Today, Klein is member of the International Board of Governors of the Ariel University Center of Samaria.[4]

His father was a Satmar chasid, an Orthodox Rabbi with semicha (religious ordination) from Rabbi Teitelbaum.[5] Mr. Klein said in a Jewish Press interview[6] regarding his father that "In Europe he had a long beard and black hat and was a rosh yeshiva in his early 20s. But he disagreed with the Satmars on Israel. My father loved Israel, so obviously this was transmitted to me."

Klein has Tourette syndrome.[7]


  1., which states in a footnote that "Its past presidents have included Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis."
  2. Popper, Nathaniel (2006-04-14). "ZOA Pressed by Former Officials Over Guard’s Pay – The Jewish Daily Forward". Retrieved 2010-08-12. 
  3. "4819-ZOA Report FL08.p5" (PDF). Retrieved 2010-08-12. 
  4. 4.0 4.1 "National President Morton A. Klein". 2010-12-14. Retrieved 2010-12-14. 
  5. "Morton Klein: Bibi Sent Wrong Message,Elliot Resnick, Jewish Press Staff Reporter". 2009-06-24. Retrieved 2010-08-12. 
  6. June 26, '09, p. 10
  7. ‘We want to expose the truth’: ZOA leader Morton Klein rallies support for Israel in meeting at Beth Tikvah in Naples, Naples News, Feb. 14, 2011

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