Activist Rabbi Criticizes Fund Drive, Says U.S. Jews Should Help Lebanon, Too
By Alan Cooperman
Washington Post Staff Writer
Thursday, August 3, 2006; Page A23
An umbrella organization of North American Jewish charities said yesterday that it will seek to raise a minimum of $300 million in emergency humanitarian funds for Israel this year, one of the largest short-term goals in its history.
The fund drive drew immediate criticism from at least one prominent rabbi who called on American Jews to raise money for the reconstruction of Lebanon, not just Israel. But experts on Jewish philanthropy predicted that the campaign would receive broad support, following a well-established pattern of giving by U.S. Jews in times of crisis for the Jewish state."