Times really must be changing; this week I received a fundraising call from the local Jewish Federation on their “Super Sunday.”
Why the big deal, you ask? In 22 years of reporting for Jewish newspapers – with my name in synagogue directories and bulletins, with public appearances and ties to local community leaders – this is the first fundraising call I’ve ever received from a local Jewish group.
The other day a reader emailed to comment about my report that groups on the Jewish left were included in last week’s conference call between Mideast envoy George Mitchell and Jewish leaders (see blog entry here).
Usually, every change in government in Israel produces intense speculation about which party and leaders Washington favors, and sometimes thinly veiled meddling by officials here. There’s some interest this time around, but with the Israeli political system in deep limbo, it’s curiously muted.
Sometimes you just have to laugh at the gap between Israeli and American Jews, especially when it jumps up and slaps you upside the head. Take this press release from the Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA) on Tuesday’s muddled Israeli election.
When President Barack Obama went before a Ft. Myers, Fla. audience to pump for grassroots support for his economic recovery plans, the White House made sure there was a substantial delegation from Hadassah in the room.