2. At the end of last month, one of you wrote me of a new JFNA hire -- the Associate Vice President for Federation Services. An excellent idea...and the hire appears to be a person of great enthusiasm and eclectic interests with good experience as a Birthright Israel professional. I read that the catalogue of this new JFNA senior pro included "working in the Jewish world in a variety of areas" -- including the Jewish Education Project. I wish this professional great success; I'm certain she is a quick study. And she will have to be inasmuch as it appears from the job title that she will be at the interface of JFNA and the federations without any intensive federation experience.
3. I think all of who know him or have interacted with him find Jerry Silverman to be a sweet and compassionate guy, a winning public persona. But, I remain totally confused almost every time he gives an interview. Why, Jerry, why? Example, recently to The Jerusalem Post:
OMG...WHAT DID THIS MEAN? Friends, I have become convinced that Jerry needs an interpreter to accompany him on all interviews...or, better yet, not even give them."Silverman told the Post that he is '...the eternal optimist when it comes to the Jewish people, because I believe in the people of Israel...I believe that over time we will be able to bring this back together and focus on what is really key, which is the Jewish people.'"