Ignoring the JFNA Resolution itself, or unaware of it,
Maybe next time...maybe not.
2. Birthright Israel, at one time one of the most cutting-edge of organizations, first announced, kind of sub rosa, that its wonderful chief professional officer, David Fisher, was leaving the position after literally turning the organization around. Then, confounding all speculation, the Birthright leadership announced that David would be succeeded by Israel Tapoohi, at one time the CEO of the Development Corporation for Israel/Israel Bonds. Izzie has a great set of leadership experiences, but...really...is an organization dedicated to bringing the Jewish youth of the World to Israel best served by a 70 year old? Far be it for me, age 75, to be an ageist, but...huh? Who engineered this thing? And, why?
3. Is it possible that an organization can have no working relationship with the truth? Well, check out JFNA. Not too long ago, you remember, and, if not, see 1. above, it called a secret Board meeting for the express purpose of determining if a long-standing "policy" precluding Missions beyond the Green Line should be overturned; and, then. adopted a resolution permitting the Israel Action Network to visit Ramallah. (One humorous side affect, the ZOA's Mort Klein published a broadside congratulating JFNA for doing what it hadn't done!!) This followed JFNA (a) claiming a $1 million conduit contract was confidential and (b) claiming a Board member could not review that or other consultant contracts -- all "confidential" you see. As the respected commentator Bill Moyers has said: “Secrecy is the freedom zealots dream of: no watchman to check the door, no accountant to check the books, no judge to check the law. The secret government has no constitution. The rules it follows are the rules it makes up.” Others have noted that "secrecy" and "lying" are the same side of the coin.
4. Then, in a description of its Israeli "partners" efforts in assisting displaced and damaged Israelis in the midst and the wake of the forest fires, created partner equivalence among JAFI, JDC and the Israel Trauma Coalition. You might ask "the Israeli Trauma Coalition?"* Huh? Now, the ITC does great work but where was some action taken by the JFNA Board that cloaked the ITC with a partnership equivalency to JAFI and JDC? I recall, as some of you might, that a few years ago the Jewish Agency entered into an agreement with the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews that would have placed the IFCJ, the largest single annual contributor to JAFI (other than the federations) "on the JAFI letterhead" creating a sense of equivalency for the Eckstein organization with the Federation system and Keren Ha'Yesod. Back then, the hue and cry from the federations (you might guess just which) put the kibosh on that deal and that blackball became the proximate cause for the IFCJ walking away from and going into competition with the Jewish Agency. Now, the federations name the ITC a "partner." Explain this to us, please; if you can.
JFNA's Three Card Monte.
* The ITC became a favored agency of JFNA because the New York UJA-Federation demanded it, pure and simple, at the time that New UJA was cutting back its funding..