Over the last several months, The Jewish Communal Fund (JCF) has been under intense scrutiny as they have disregarded the many organizations and communal leaders who have urged an end to a fund run by uber-rich liberal American Jews – who help to fund the heinous boycott of Israel.
Among the organizations JCF has given millions to is The New Israel Fund, an extremist organization that actively boycotts Israel, and sends $30 million annually from America to Israel to support projects that undermine Israel’s government, economy and military.
The President of the JCF, Karen R. Adler is a former aide to Hillary Clinton, and is so extremely left-wing that she criticized New York City’s Mayor Bill de Blasio’s for meeting with the New York chapter of The American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) – as this very publication featured last year. Adler signed a letter – together with Jewish Voices for Peace - claiming that “..the needs and concerns of many of your constituents–U.S. Jews like us among them–are not aligned with those of AIPAC, and that no, your job is not to do AIPAC’s bidding when they call you to do so. AIPAC speaks for Israel’s hard-line government and its right-wing supporters, and for them alone; it does not speak for us.”
Shamefully, JCF and Adler’s funding of BDS BDS related activities, as well as organizations active in seeking to have IDF soldiers prosecuted for war crimes makes clear where their alliances are.
As such, we asked for a comment from Jewish Communal Fund surrounding the lack of appropriateness for a Jewish communal leader to hold such radical viewpoints that endanger Israel. As media contributors, we e-mailed the Jewish Communal Fund seeking comment for the article entitled “Jewish Communal Fund: Why Support A Boycott of Israel.”
We asked a few questions:
“Do you feel it is appropriate for the President of a Jewish organization to support an organization which undermines the Israel Defense Forces, and shared information with the United Nations which endangeres Israeli soldiers?
Is it right that Adler, a leader of a Jewish organization has given money to NIF-funded organizations, who work to legally supported the families of terrorists who murdered Jews?”
Their accidental e-mail response came this morning from Ellen Israelson, the Vice President of Philanthropic Services and Chief Marketing Officer at Jewish Communal Fund:
“Agree we should not respond but with this level of activity, we have to rethink our SEO strategy.”
This was an internal e-mail to a number of colleagues, which was mistakenly sent to us by Ms. Israelson. SEO - Search engine optimization – is essentially the manipulation of Google. What the email mistakenly sent by the largest Jewish donor advised fund in the country, which manages $1.4 billion in charitable assets confirmed that they will continue to fund a boycott of Israel – yet will try and hide it better.
The Jewish Communal Fund will continue to send millions to support a boycott of Israel - and will not address criticism, but will spend donor dollars to cover it up.
The JCF gave $10,500 in 2013 to A Jewish Voice for Peace, which the Anti-Defamation League said was one of the most Anti-Israel groups in America. The JCF seeks to white-wash Google rather than cease funding Israel’s enemies.
Since we know Google and Search Engine Optimization is of great significance, we mention here the members of JCF’s board as complicit in funding boycotts of Israel, and ask them to stop funding a boycott – instead of covering it up. Indeed, our knowledge of SEO informs us that this article will appear on Google for them as helping harm Israel.
JCF board members include Noel J. Spiegel, Zoya Raynes Friedman, Suzanne Denbo Jaffe, Ezra G. Levin, Michael Lustig, Jenny Lyss, David Z. Solomon and trustees include Jerry Cohen, Alisa Doctoroff, Eric Edidin, Leslie Fastenberg, Zoya Raynes Friedman, Cindy Golub, B.Z. Halberstam, Terri Herenstein, Suzanne Denbo Jaffe, Lynn Kroll, Teena Lerner, Michael Lustig, Jenny Lyss, Linda Mirels, Beth Goldberg Nash, Suzanne Peck, Ella Shteingart, David Z. Solomon, Andrew Sommers, Noel J. Spiegel, J. Andrew Stein, Michael L. Stern, Alexander Tisch, Ronald G. Weiner.
Shame on the Jewish Communal Fund for financing a boycott of Israel- and shame on them for admitting that they seek to conceal it and hide their true ideals from the Jewish Community.
Authors: George Birnbaum is an international political consultant, who formerly served as chief of staff for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
Hank Sheinkopf, CEO of Sheinkopf Communications is a leading political strategist who has worked on campaigns in four continents. His clients have included former President Bill Clinton.
Ronn Torossian is CEO of a top 20 US PR Agency, and author of “For Immediate Release.”