1. If I were one of those asked to interview for the CEO position in a "Vibrant Jewish Community," I would ask the Search Firm rep if he/she knows what the ratio is between that vibrant place's operating budget and annual campaign results. Then I would ask if he/she would like to modify that community's description to "in a deep hole?"
2. Speaking of "in a deep hole," I expect that the next "invitation" to attend the Festivus will read something like this: "Join us for the most important event on the Jewish calendar. If you Register today, it's free. Plus, we'll pay for your hotel room. So bring a friend. And, the drinks are on us, too."
3. In February 152 American Jews, of various levels of prominence, signed a petition circulated by a minor Jewish organization, urging support of the Secretary of States peace demands. The brilliant Rabbi Daniel Gordis has written a typically thoughtful response at http://www.jpost.com/Opinion/Columnists/A-dose-of-Nuance-Give-peace-a-chance-342083. Knowing many of the signatories, I doubt that some of them even know what Kerry is/was proposing let alone "get" Gordis' admonition (too subtle). One thing is certain, the more thoughtful of those who signed that thing know better. As Gordis asks in his op-ed Give Peace a Chance?: "Have you read a single book by a committed Palestinian who says that just as the Palestinians have a right to a state, so too do the Jews, and it's time for Palestinians to recognize Israel as a Jewish state? Neither have I."