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David Twersky in an undated photo

David Twersky (February 19, 1950 – July 16, 2010) was a journalist, Zionist activist, and peace advocate in Israel and the United States. He was an editor for The Jewish Daily Forward and The New York Sun and a leader of the American Jewish Congress.

Twerksy was born and raised in the Bronx, New York, where he grew up in the left-leaning Sholem Aleichem cooperative housing project. He attended the Ramaz School in Manhattan and was active in the Labor Zionist youth movement Habonim. He attended City College of New York. In 1974, Twersky made aliyah (emigrated to Israel) and helped to re-establish Kibbutz Gezer.[1][2]

In Israel, Twersky worked for the Labor Party's international affairs department, where he dealt with the Socialist International. He edited Shdemot, the literary journal of the kibbutz movement, and Spectrum, an English-language political monthly. Twersky served in an artillery unit during the 1982 Lebanon War.[1]

Twersky returned to the U.S. in 1986 and became a full-time journalist. When the Yiddish Forverts started an English-language edition in 1990, he became deputy editor and Washington bureau chief. During his seven years at The Forward, Twersky was responsible for breaking many news stories. One of his best-known stories involved President Bill Clinton's associate Johnnetta B. Cole, who had been suggested as a possible nominee for Secretary of Education, and the fact that she had served on the national committee of the Venceremos Brigade.[1][3] Another of Twersky's stories brought to light some views of Lani Guinier, a law professor whom Clinton had nominated to be Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights; those opinions were considered controversial and her nomination was withdrawn.[1][3]

After leaving The Forward, Twersky became editor of the New Jersey Jewish News. Later he joined The New York Sun as foreign editor and columnist. Twersky also worked as director of international affairs for the American Jewish Congress.[1][4]

Twersky died of cancer on July 16, 1950, at the age of 60 in his home in West Orange, New Jersey.[4]


  1. ^ a b c d e Goldberg, J.J. (July 18, 2010). "David Twersky, Political Journalist and Peace Activist, Dies at 60". The Jewish Daily Forward. Retrieved July 18, 2010.
  2. ^ "David Twersky, Former Editor of the NJJN, Dies at 60". New Jersey Jewish News. July 19, 2010. Retrieved July 19, 2010.
  3. ^ a b Lipsky, Seth (July 17, 2010). "David Twersky". The New York Sun. Retrieved July 18, 2010.
  4. ^ a b "Journalist David Twersky dies". Jewish Telegraphic Agency. July 18, 2010. Retrieved July 18, 2010.

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