Friendship with Jack Rosen explains her addressing much-reduced organization.
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As the recipient of the American Jewish Congress Stephen S. Wise Award at a festive dinner last week at Cipriani, Hillary Clinton clearly was the star attraction. The former first lady and secretary of state received a standing ovation March 19 from the 400 guests before and after her talk, which defended and explained President Obama’s position on the Israeli-Palestinian and Iran talks. She played a critical role on both issues as secretary of state from 2009 to 2013.
Amid intense speculation about her future political plans, former secretary of state, senator and first lady Hillary Rodham Cinton has accepted an invitation to be honored by the American Jewish Congress on March 19th.
News this week that the American Jewish Congress has suspended activities due to financial problems is depressing, though not unexpected. The once-proud organization, founded in 1918, and long the voice of liberal Jewish activism, lost much of its distinctiveness in recent years. As its membership declined and staff was reduced, it played a diminished role in domestic affairs, though remained known for its expertise on church-state issues.