"Steeped in history and rapidly emerging as a world power, today's China is a fascinating mix of the modern and the ancient, the dazzling and the quaint. Join us as we experience its unique culture, food and art. Together we’ll tour imperial palaces, climb the Great Wall and explore winding backstreets. We'll encounter the incredible Shanghai Jewish community—founded by Baghdadi Jews in the 1800s, a refuge for thousands fleeing the Holocaust and the Russian Revolution, and though small, still going strong today."
Land only? $6970. With a Hong Kong extension -- another $2,500. Cheapest Economy fare from Chicago -- $940; Business Class -- $5,700. Knowing JFNA -- no fund raising.
A shanda. Anyone...that's anyone...can visit the practically judenrein China for a fine vacation -- is this an appropriate venue at a time that Israel is more and more isolated? Is this an appropriate venue, with its Jewish "community" of 1500, mainly ex-pats, when Israel is not as isolated as today? Of course not; of course not.
Is it right and proper for our national organization to act as if "Israel is played out" as a Mission venue? Is it any more right than the altogether minor role that Israel played in the recently completed GA? These are nothing more than rhetorical questions, of course. And this Mission is but further evidence that JFNA's leaders just don't get it. For the past 9 years, never have, and, apparently, never will.
No doubt CEO Jerry will be joining the "Mission," dance the NaeNae -- he may be alone.