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Even Conservative Jews Wants Obama To Fail

1:58 pm - 12/03/2009
White House Chanukah Blues

We are now welcoming the first holiday season of President Barack Obama's administration. That means it's time to focus on what one GOP operative told me is the most important issue of the year for any Jewish organization in Washington, DC -- how many invitations can be had for the White House Chanukah party. Yes, more important than stopping Iranian nukes, of greater significance than working toward Middle East peace, and a higher priority than passing health care reform is the question of ... who gets to watch the lighting of the chanukia at the Obama's.

This is no joke! The Jerusalem Post ran an entire piece expressing criticism of the White House because Obama's first Chanukah party would not have as many invited guests as the last one under the auspices of President George W. Bush. According to the article, this reduction in invitations could be viewed as giving the "cold shoulder" to the community or even as a purposeful snub of Jewish Americans.

Last week, one of Bush's Jewish liaisons, Tevi Troy, penned an op-ed for JTA that ruminated about whether the guest list reduction (the Obama administration is only planning to invite 400-500 Jewish Americans to this year's party) is an indication of "studied callousness." Troy breathlessly recounted a series of other right-wing Jewish complaints against the administration and went on to speculate about whether this Chanukah gathering was just another sign that the President takes the Jews "for granted."

That is absolute nonsense. One of the reasons I have loved working in the nation's capital for Jewish organizations is because the Jewish community has had a serious policy agenda -- not just on Israel, but also on issues ranging from civil rights to combating hunger. Perhaps this thread of stories complaining about the lack of tickets to a White House holiday party is simply a reflection of conservative Jews searching for ways to knock the President; I hope so. Heaven help us if we really begin to act as if party invitations are what our community is all about.

Jewish Americans have a lot of important fish to fry in Washington. In case the Chanukah grousers have forgotten, we are in the midst of the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression; many people are suffering. Shame, if not morality, should drive members of our community to think twice before complaining about too few invitations to a holiday party at the White House.
dominator87 3rd-Dec-2009 09:17 pm (UTC)
Hey there now...i am converting and will be a conservative jew. And i do not want him to fail.


violetrose 3rd-Dec-2009 09:19 pm (UTC)
I thnik this person is talking about politically conservative Jews, not the sect of Conservative Judaism.

Also, you're converting? Cool! What made you want to do that?
dominator87 3rd-Dec-2009 09:29 pm (UTC)
i dont beleive in the hilness of jesus. i just cant wrap my liveral mind around it. he was a cool dude adn a great jew..but if he was so great why did we have the American holocaust of natives, enslavemnet of Aficans,, The Holocaust....and for teh love of G-d why on earth do we have gaga!

i will be a black, female, liberal conservative jew. im just waiting to be oppressed!
rex_dart 3rd-Dec-2009 10:11 pm (UTC)
i will be a black, female, liberal conservative jew

You'll be totally fierce, bb.
dominator87 3rd-Dec-2009 10:21 pm (UTC)
I will try my best.
chipuni 3rd-Dec-2009 10:33 pm (UTC)
May I just bask in your awesomeness?
dominator87 3rd-Dec-2009 10:37 pm (UTC)
oh please do....i am currently recruiting an army of minions...and you just might work!
ididthatonce 3rd-Dec-2009 10:44 pm (UTC)
There's a Black family at my temple in the process of converting. They're the sweetest people ever.

Welcome to our side, bb. :)
dominator87 3rd-Dec-2009 10:49 pm (UTC)
i think it was the latkes that sent me overboard. :)
ididthatonce 3rd-Dec-2009 10:50 pm (UTC)
Haha... my family has a Chanukah party every year, and my mom just started planning the menu. She wants to make a bigass salad to "compensate for all the fatty food."
dominator87 3rd-Dec-2009 11:03 pm (UTC)
why even make the salad?
sexitara18 4th-Dec-2009 05:32 am (UTC)
Awesome!
alstaria 3rd-Dec-2009 09:20 pm (UTC)
I'm thinking they mean conservative politically, not by denomination :)
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