"Though Silverman has personally seen a decrease in anti-Semitism on campuses over the past decade, 'the only information they’re getting is what they see in the media.' And the go-to sources for this age group are often Comedy Central, the echo chamber of like-minded thinking on social media.
CEO I-Have-My-Blinders-On has an opinion on everything. What was the last campus he visited -- UCLA, Chicago Loyola, Vassar, Swarthmore, Michigan, MIT? But, that's not really the point -- this JFNA CEO who hardly understands the Federation condition, if at all, has an opinion (usually wrong) on everything...and anything, if it gets him some pub. I haven't seen the inside of Jerry's office but I wouldn't be surprised if there is a "me Wall" there. I truly think that Jerry Silverman has come to believe that he is the equal of Abe Foxman and Malcolm Hoenlein...and therein lies the problem. He isn't. Not close. Not even in the picture. Not even a footnote.'The awareness of what is taking place is really clear, the heroic measures of the IDF in stopping infiltrations — they’re heroes,' says Silverman, adding this awareness is shared not only by US Jewry, but 'all over the US the public is now understanding [Israel's plight].''You have terrorists coming out of the tunnels into backyards that are reaching kilometers into Israel' says Silverman." (emphasis added)
I first suggested putting a sock in it before the November 2013 GA when he decided to opine that the federations embark an a "1 Billion Dollar" Campaign for a free Jewish education for all -- a wonderful and noble concept, never discussed with anyone (other than perhaps Michael Siegal), without a prayer of success from an organization that has failed in every FRD effort on which it had/has embarked under this CEO. He has the ultimate responsibility for an Israel Emergency Fund that was first $10 million, then, almost immediately, $30 million and, with rockets still flying and our Jewish extended family at daily risk, clearly another "target" will be coming soon -- all evidence of a lack of thinking through a crisis.
What was at the beginning but a trickle -- his venture into farcical Gangnam Style Harlem Shaking on a Mission of 25 young people that he participated in because he had "promised" the Cabinet Mission leaders that he would go if they got 25 participants, his insistence to Large City Executives that the farce that is TribeFest continued for a third time "because the Young Leadership Cabinet demanded it" -- has become a torrent of torpidity. Jerry Where's-the-Press? is available for a quote on any Jewish subject, no doubt believing that "my name in the paper" somehow elevates JFNA. So, most recently, his trivializing proposed branding of a "Circle of the Fifteen Second Club" to "reward" those who participated in Solidarity Missions during the height of the terrorists' attacks on Israel, was an embarrassment beyond words...again. Then there are his unilateral decisions -- e.g., federations which exceed there pro rata "goal" for the Israel Emergency "Fund" (never a "Campaign" G-d forbid) may allocate directly wherever they see needs (not that these favored few wouldn't have done so in any event). The result -- federations as at August 20, had raised over $36 million, but transmitted only $20 million (and much of that for designated programs of federations' choosing, not subject to JFNA allocation). And, then, his personal videos post-Solidarity Missions offering the same views on Jewish unity as expressed in the Times of Israel quote above.
(And, often, there is an embarrassing amount of humor. Example: during a Jewish Agency FRD Committee call this week, JA pros presented with regard to the 2015 JAFI Budget. The Jewish Agency International Development CEO spoke with regard to a horrid projected 2014 calendar year core allocation from JFNA at $87.5 million. Jerry interrupted to ask where that JFNA allocation number came from. "You" was the response. Case closed.)
It should be clear after five years of Silverman that there is some difficulty in forming rational thoughts and expressing them. Take the Times of Israel quote above: what is the Jewish community's responsibility for informing college students so that they have the broad background to absorb and reject the daily infusion of misinformation and wild accusations of the Jon Stewarts? Apparently, from Silverman's perspective...none.
We have reached the level of farce -- maybe that's appropriate for a circus.