- Something Excellent. In response to the critical needs facing the Houston Jewish community, JFNA "facilitated" a $300,000 grant from the Jim Joseph and Avi Chai Foundations to support the educational needs of families devastated by the flooding. Kal ha'kavod.
- Corruption and Fiduciary Responsibility: The Forward in an excellent follow-up article authored by reporter Josh Nathan-Kazis on September 30 on the mismanagement and corruption at New York's FEGS-Health and Human Services. Nathan-Kazis' research revealed that while FEGS, an agency affiliated with and supported by the UJA-Federation of New York, was on the cusp of bankruptcy, it was paying huge bonuses to, among others, its soon to be terminated Executive Vice-President of $92,000. Nowhere in the article does one read whether anyone on the Board of FEGS ever asked the question: "Why?" Fiduciary responsibility had literally disappeared...not just with regard to these payouts but with regard to the steady buildup of huge debt. Friends, this is exactly what happens when non-profit or for profit Boards surrender their obligations and responsibilities. You know...like at JFNA.
- BDS: As was predicted on these pages shortly after it was announced that Sheldon Adelson and Haim Saban would joint venture a massive anti-BDS on campus effort, their "partnership" has collapsed, Saban has withdrawn. Adelson will throw his tens of millions at an effort that many fear will be tinged with his political slant risking turning off 1000s of Jewish students in the "process." The organized (I use the term loosely...very loosely) Jewish community is nowhere to be founded except in the feeble unfunded work of the otherwise excellent Israel Action Network and the unfocused approach of campus Hillels. Woe is us.
- Washington Hilton: To spike attendance at the sad GA this year, JFNA has tried the "train is leaving the station" trick -- that is to say, a flier that space at the Washington Hilton is running out. Of course we all know that in D.C. you could easily find better and cheaper accommodations...JFNA in its prior iterations of the Washington D.C. venue has even found a few of them for you, in fact. BTW, the day of the scare tactic, I went to the Washington Hilton website and found 8 different room types available but, admittedly, JFNA's consultants negotiated good reductions on rates for the
closetsrooms. Renee, did this scare tactic work for Aipac?
- Winner Gets 1, Loser Gets 2: You are very fortunate if you are among those learning of the GA lottery for the first time. If so, your entry was due on October 14. You could have won a brand new I-Pad Pro. Guess that's JFNA's way to "Think Forward." Of course you would have had to agree to abide by the 5 pages of "rules" -- boilerplate clearly adopted from a contest for something else. The last time the chachams at JFNA tried this "inducement" it was for either "#-ish" or "Community Heroes" or maybe it was a deal for Dockers.