Like all of you, I want nothing more than success for JFNA at the GA. Today's leaders, however, seem to be incapable of success...at anything. Viz,
1. What would you do if you were a JFNA Co-Chair and year-in and year-out your CEO has misrepresented to you the number of GA Registrants? Would you (a) terminate him or (b) extend his contract? I know what I would do; you? So, this year, what number did CEO I-Can't-Count give his Co-Chairs? Was it the mythical "3,000 registrants" repeated year-after-year? Was it 2,000? Was it 1,500? Or was it the 750-900 "max" in attendance for the Opening Plenary as reported to me by a number of you in attendance? (The photos you sent me suggest that the number was even less than that.) Maybe the Registrants got lost trying to get "National Harbor, Maryland" to register on their GPS;
2. The presentation by our Supreme Court Justices was inspired. The seminal question to Justice Kagan: "I understand you had the first bat mitzvah in an Orthodox synagogue and Rabbi Steven Riskind was your Rabbi. Tell me how that went." This tells you more about the registrants, about us, than about the session. Friends of mine were heard trying to keep the bile down in their embarrassment..
And, so, the GA 2014 has begun. Your impressions, if you are still awake would be appreciated.