1. All of us without exception reacted with horror and rage at the slaughter of 15 teenagers and two faculty on the campus of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. 15 teenagers, 5 of them Jewish. It took 6 days for the JCPA to issue a strong statement: JCPA Expresses Outrage at Mass Shooting at Parkland High School and Calls for Action to Combat Gun Violence. 6 days of silence followed by a strong statement.
Then there's JFNA -- not a word. I guess the sense that Jerry and Richard and Cindy have is "none of our business." For there can be no other rational explanation, can there be?
I've read the statements emanating from countless federations echoing the powerful words of JCPA, but from JFNA, our JFNA...nothing...absolutely nothing. The MetroWest Federation organized an anti-gun rally...but from JFNA...only silence.
Wouldn't all of us want our Continental organization at the least (and no can expect anything from these chachams but the very least) to have decried this senseless atrocity from the muzzle of an AR-15 of our nation's young...maybe...maybe...a word in support of the young people who have now mounted an offensive against the easy proliferation of assault rifles in our society.
But, no, nothing.
The silence is deafening.
2. At the end of February, the Conference of Presidents convened its annual Mission including almost a week on the ground in Israel. JFNA was well represented by William Daroff. But, for some reason, Becky Caspi, the Director General of JFNA-Israel had the time to also be on that Mission. Of course she had the time. Could Daroff have "handled" this "representation" without a "second?" Of course, he could have.
Which raises the question. Is anyone providing any management of JFNA-Israel at all? Is Caspi some form of independent contractor operating according to her own whims? What does she do? What is she supposed to be doing?
Does Silverman manage anyone? Does Gurvis?
Damn it; enough already.