Letters from Members

MJAC is more than just this blog. We put on events, sometimes with other organizations, and sometimes MJAC members take the time to speak out forcefully on today's issues.

For example, in response to this announcement:

A few days ago the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations (the Conference) announced that Dianne Lob, immediate past chairman of HIAS (formerly the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society), was nominated to be its new chairman.

MJAC co-presidents, Dorene Weisberg and Ed Kohl, sent a letter, on behalf of MJAC, to the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations:

Dear Sirs, We, the Co-Presidents of the Michigan Jewish Action Council (www.MJAC.us), are alarmed at the nomination of Dianne Lob, the recent Past President of HIAS, to head the Conference. If the Conference intends to continue to function in an apolitical way for the welfare of the Jewish people and the State of Israel, this is a startling and unfortunate choice. HIAS once performed spectacularly when it worked hard to resettle Jewish immigrants and deserves a broad Yasher Koach and Thank You. However, since that job diminished, HIAS, instead of closing up shop, has turned to the lucrative business of resettling refugees in the United States, far too many of whom come from countries (primarily Muslim) with the highest incidence of anti-Semitic hatred (according to even the most recent ADL surveys). In order to accommodate these new refugees, in the most tolerant way, HIAS has adopted their acronym, to replace their original name (and purpose?). They don't want to discomfort these refugees with their old name, HEBREW Immigrant Aid Society. Additionally, they have partnered with the SPLC (Southern Poverty Law Center)* also once a reputable organization, with the new purpose of smearing any person or organization who takes issue with the US government's refugee resettlement plans. For their work as a VOLAG (government supported voluntary agency supporting refugee resettlement) HIAS received approximately 60% of its annual income. Both HIAS and SPLC have become highly politicized organizations. Their views do not belong at the head of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations. Please do not put Dianne Lob in the head position of the conference. Respectfully, Dorene Weisberg and Edward Kohl Co-Presidents, Michigan Jewish Action Council

Ed Kohl also sent this letter:

Dear Senator Feinstein, You recently suggested that President Trump approve $5 billion in emergency aid from the International Monetary Fund to assist Iran in the COVID-19 pandemic. I suggest you encourage Iran to use the $150 billion bonus it received from the previous administration plus the transfer of $1.7 billion cash to Iran to cure the pandemic in Iran. I suggest you encourage Iran to use its financial assets to help its citizens conquer the pandemic rather than use those assets to fund terror thru Hamas, Hezbulla and developing WMD. Regards, Edward Kohl

Feinstein wants to send American tax dollars to Iran, a regime that is creating havoc and raising body counts throughout the Middle East, but she refuses to support Israel in Congress.

Kudos to Dorene and Ed. Keep writing! Keep raising your voices. It's something we should all be doing.