What We Talk About When We Talk About the GA–New Voices

Here’s an excerpt from Caroline Kessler’s post at New Voices about the Jewish Federations of North America GA.

…here are some impressions:

To explain the “big-deal-ness” of this to non-Jews: just mention that Vice President Biden spoke, and they raise their eyebrows, as if they are impressed, and then squint, saying, “Is he Jewish?”

To stay awake during a session: count the number of times you hear the word “Delegitimization”–you won’t fall asleep, ever.

To be hypocritical: pretend you are an “older” delegate and don’t directly answer any of the questions that students ask during the sessions or workshop.


To sound like everyone else: use the following catchphrases–”delegitimization,” “conflict,” “framing,” “giving,” “development,” “social media,” “nolaga,” “Israel advocacy,” “Jewish identity,” “generation,” “future.”

Kessler’s full post is here.

3 Responses to “What We Talk About When We Talk About the GA–New Voices”

  1. What is “nolaga”?

    Victor · November 11th, 2010 at 9:57 pm
  2. New Orleans, Louisiana, General Assembly

    BZ · November 11th, 2010 at 10:09 pm
  3. I’m guess it’s #nolaga, the hashtag for the event. ?

    David A.M. Wilensky · November 12th, 2010 at 1:31 pm

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