Susan F. Dickman |
Executive Vice President and CEO, Jewish Communal Fund |
In “Questions Over Outpouring of Gaza War Philanthropy” (Sept. 12), staff writer Hannah Dreyfus wonders whether the surge in giving to Israel during Operation Protective Edge came at the cost of giving to other causes. Here at Jewish Communal Fund (JCF), the largest and most active Jewish donor-advised fund in the country, we have not found that to be the case. In fact, giving to other causes increased 24 percent as compared to the same period the previous year. We imagine that as our donors went online to make their grants to Israel-focused campaigns, it was easy enough to make additional grants to their favorite charities.
“Israel today,” Jeremy Ben-Ami tells us in “Liberal Zionism and Its Discontents” (Opinion, Sept. 12), “falls far short of fulfilling the dreams of its founders in all respects.” In a one-sentence tour de force Mr. Ben-Ami thus writes off Israel’s 66 years of astonishing accomplishment.
One lesson stands out after reading “Chasing the Diplomatic Horizon” by Joshua Mitnick (Sept 5). The situation is not hopeful but there is still a possibility to revive the peace process and come to a permanent, stable resolution between Israel and Palestine.