" JFNA did not launch a campaign to raise emergency funds for the Ukraine but have left it to JDC, JAFI and ORT to organize and raise the funds. As a federation professional I am aware of any number of federations that are actively raising funds for needs identified by the partners, yet there is no effort, statement, or coordination of this effort by JFNA."This is the ultimate embarrassment, the ultimate insult to the CJF and the UJA, to those who bequeathed us the legacy of shared values and timeless principles -- our national organization and its leaders are not only silent about a set of circumstances that impact today on 300,000 of our extended family, it doesn't lift a finger to help them let alone lead the effort.
Here is what the Jewish Agency stated as it extended emergency assistance to the Jewish communities of the Ukraine:
"Since 1929, The Jewish Agency has ensured that Jews worldwide have a thriving and welcoming homeland in Israel should they choose to make Aliyah. While there is no increase in actual immigration from Ukraine, The Agency is seeing a rise in applications for eligibility. Should there be a sudden growth in Aliyah, The Jewish Agency has positioned the necessary resources for a successful absorption. At this point, the Jews of the Ukraine know that their Jewish brethren around the world stand with them and that they will not face alone whatever their future has in store." (Emphasis JAFI's)And here is what JFNA stated:
"________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________" (Emphasis JFNA's)And this silence has taken place while JFNA's lay and professional leaders have been in Israel. JFNA, making us proud.
Shame, shame, shame on us for sitting silently while letting this farce continue. While the forces of intolerance and xenophobia and worse threaten a portion of the Jewish People, our national organization sits on the sidelines playing with its "Signature Initiatives," with the inanity that is TribeFest, hiding its head in the sand once again.
Shame, shame, shame on us.