OC Jewish Experience

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A House Divided Against Itself Cannot Stand

As Abraham Lincoln said, “A house divided against itself cannot stand.”  Over the past week there has been inflammatory discourse in our community among Jews with a common purpose.  It became abundantly obvious over the past several days that this was due to several misunderstandings.  When the truth came to light we had reconciliation.  Once again we observe that accurate information is a powerful enemy of those who use bits and pieces to foment negative feelings and hate.

Monday night at a student/community meeting, the students reviewed their actions and made peace with one another.  They suggested a series of monthly meetings composed of students and community members to facilitate open communications and prevent the type of acrimony we saw over the past several days.  The Rose Council, Federation and Hillel have all agreed to help facilitate these meetings.

We wish all of you a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday and encourage everyone to reflect on all they have to be thankful for – including the energetic OC Jewish community in which we reside.


Shalom Elcott
President and CEO
Jewish Federation & Family Services
Orange County

Jordan Fruchtman
Executive Director
Hillel Foundation of Orange County

November 24, 2010 - Posted by | Hillel, Jewish Federation Orange County, UC Irvine | , , , , ,


  1. GREAT!!

    Comment by Rose Glasser | November 26, 2010 | Reply

  2. Below is an article by Lee Kaplan of Frontpage Magazine on George (nmi) Rishmawi.


    Comment by gary fouse | November 26, 2010 | Reply

  3. wazzzam wit dat pic not 2 kool but an ok pic

    Comment by Jasmine | May 17, 2011 | Reply

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