Anti-Defamation League leader says Mormons and Jews have a lot in common

Jews and Mormons have a lot in common and should stand closer together.

That's what the leader of the Anti-Defamation League stressed during his first visit to Salt Lake City.

Abraham H. Foxman, the National Director of the ADL, was in Utah this week and told the Deseret News Editorial Board Thursday morning that he had learned a lot during his meeting with six apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

"We have a lot in common, Jews and Mormons," he said.

He said a group of Mormons visited him a few years ago, but this was his first time in Salt Lake, outside of a few brief airport layovers.

Foxman said that during his visit he saw in detail the emphasis the church puts on humanitarian service, genealogy and strengthening families.

He said he told LDS Church leaders, "We can maybe help you."

That's because he believes both Jews and Mormons suffer prejudice and bias — mostly from ignorance.

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