With Israel once again fighting the terrorists from Hamas, our "friends" at the Orange County Jewish Federation are using that as an excuse to ask for more donations-as if any money they get is going to help Israel. Below is an e-mail they have sent out asking for donations.
We have not yet received your Generations Fund pledge for 2012. And we need you now more than ever.Why? Here are just a few critical reasons:• Israel is under attack and war may be imminent
• UCI is once again facing blatant anti-Jewish/anti-Israel activities
• The number of seniors and others with pressing social service needs has grown
• We're still helping with urgent needs on the East CoastYour pledge to Jewish Federation & Family Services means that we can respond. Together.Did you know that your pledge also supports every kind of Jewish educational program in our community - from congregation religious schools to Jewish day schools to weekend and after-school programs to adult Jewish education?Did you know that your dollars provide care and social connections for over 100 Holocaust survivors in our community, enabling them to age with dignity?Did you know that, thanks to you, Jewish individuals and families have a place to turn - for counseling, emergency assistance, career coaching, transportation, services for people with special needs, and more?You are the answer to all of these needs, and we need you. Now.Our campaign closes on December 31st. We hope we can count on you.Sincerely,Philip I. Waldman
Chairman of the BoardShalom C. Elcott
President and CEOPS: You can also donate by phone - call us Monday through Friday at 949-435-3484. Or donate by mail - make your check payable to JFFS and send to Jewish Federation & Family Services, 1 Federation Way, Suite 210, Irvine, CA 92603-0174.
I take particular umbrage at the reference to UC Irvine.
UCI is once again facing blatant anti-Jewish/anti-Israel activities
Really? When did they wake up to that fact? For years, they have denied that anti-Semitism exists at UCI. "Jewish life is thriving", they have always said. A few years ago, at one of those annual hate-Israel fests that come every May to UCI, Federation CEO Shalom Elcott told me (in front of witnesses) in no uncertain terms that there was (at that time) no anti-Semitism at UCI.
Here is a video produced in 2010 by the Federation and their financial arm, the Rose Project: It was made to refute the negative image at UCI-note the title.
Is there a contradiction?
Go to the OC Jewish Experience web site and stroll through their archives. You will read all about how great things are at UCI. Of course, the disruption of the Israeli ambassador's speech a couple of years ago upset that apple cart, but they told all their donors that, working with the university, they took care of the problem.
So now. they are using anti-Semitism at UCI to ask for more money? For what? To funnel into the Olive Tree Initiative?
If they are helping needy Jewish seniors or families or victims of the hurricane on the East Coast, that is fine. But to use the UCI issue to ask for money after all their inaction and obstruction is beyond shameless. If you feel compelled to give, I suggest you insist your donation go to a specified purpose.