~ One Anonymous Commentator, responding to our Dream Job Post, wrote:
"The Sr VP who works in Jerusalem might find her days numbered if JFNA actually hires a competent professional.
By the way, I hear JFNA is considering another new position - managing director of the office of the CEO."
As to the first speculation: while it would be nice to see JFNA hire "a competent professional," this looks more like piling on at the high end. We will have three of JFNA's most costly professionals all doing, at least in part, the same job.
As to the second -- that JFNA will hire a "Managing Director of the Office of the CEO:" many have urged the President/CEO to hire a COO since before his first days in office. Jerry said he wanted to wait, yet apparently he still can't bring himself to do so. We're hearing that he will promote from the inside, which might be a good thing were there the right person "inside" to serve as whatever this job will be. While it has been suggested to Jerry directly that he hire someone with deep federation experience for this position, he apparently believes that visiting over 110 federations (sometimes for more than three hours!!!) gives him the depth of experience that he can promote someone (who has been maneuvering for the job for months) who will primarily have his back. Oh, just love the title, as Dockers would say: "Just wear the pants." Or something like that.
~ I went to the Festivus website the other day and linked to the Speakers. There are page after page of them, about five of whom I could identify. I challenge you to do better. Now, this isn't a bad thing. I'm definitely not the Festivus demographic but I would wager that those who fit the demographic wouldn't be able to identify more than five either (and they wouldn't be the same five I recognized). So, what we have this weekend is an event that almost no one will attend without a subsidy, with a set of "speakers" almost no one knows, and with a Schedule that is, in the main, let's call it like it is, silly. Just silly. Really silly. Almost, but for a few sessions, demeaning to those young adults at whom the Fest is aimed. And, that's the real shame, after all. Oh, and Jerry will be speaking...a recent addition to the joy of the Fest.
~It appears that I am all wet. The funeral Ms. Caspi attended was that which took place in Jerusalem. My error and my apologies.