Meet the Oscar-Winning (Twice!) Rabbi Whose Blessing Hollywood Seeks Each Awards Season

Some day, ordinary Jews will pay a terrible price for this man’s ambition and cunning.

The Hollywood Reporter: [Rabbi Hier is] the founder and dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, America’s first Holocaust museum, and overseer of its offshoot organization, the Museum of Tolerance…But he’s also Hollywood’s go-to guy when A-listers are in need of advice, spiritual or otherwise…
“To build a great constituency for tolerance that will be able to stand up to the bigots, the haters and the terrorists,” is how he describes his life’s mission — or his ability to marshal Hollywood talent to aid his causes. He may well be the most powerful religious figure in L.A. He’s certainly the best connected…

As he recounts in his just-published memoir, Meant to Be, he developed a fascination with Jewish history, particularly the Holocaust, while growing up on New York’s Lower East Side…

Moriah’s [the Center’s film division] 14 films, several of which can be viewed on Netflix, have been narrated by the likes of Michael Douglas, Sandra Bullock, Christoph Waltz and Nicole Kidman — free of charge. The company…is now at work on its 15th release, a doc about Ben-Gurion.

Indeed, Hier’s next project could be his biggest blockbuster yet: a $200 million, 180,000 square-foot Museum of Tolerance in the center of Jerusalem, which is scheduled to open its doors in late 2017.

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NEW YORK - JANUARY 11:  (L-R) Nelson Peltz, actress Nicole Kidman, honoree Rupert Murdoch and the Simon Wiesenthal founder Rabbi Marvin Hier attend the Simon Weisenthal Center honors Rupert Murdoch ceremony at The Waldorf Astoria on January 11, 2006 in New York City.  (Photo by Evan Agostini/Getty Images)

NEW YORK – JANUARY 11: (L-R) Nelson Peltz, actress Nicole Kidman, honoree Rupert Murdoch and the Simon Wiesenthal founder Rabbi Marvin Hier attend the Simon Weisenthal Center honors Rupert Murdoch ceremony at The Waldorf Astoria on January 11, 2006 in New York City. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Getty Images)

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