The Great Schlep begins again [Forward]
After a successful 2008 campaign to encourage young Jews to talk to their elders about voting for Obama, the follow-up (again called The Great Schlep) has grown by leaps and bounds. The Jewish Daily Forward reports:
“The group, called the Jewish Council for Education and Research, ran a high-profile campaign to send young Jews to lobby their grandparents to vote for Obama in 2008. Now a super PAC, the organization has raised nearly as much so far this cycle as they raised in the entire 2008 campaign.
‘We were able to do a lot last time,’ said Mik Moore, treasurer of the group, officially known as the Jewish Council for Education and Research. ‘But there was a lot we didn’t do, and we’re starting a lot earlier.’
And yes, Mik Moore is the president of our board, and a former member of New Voices himself.
Gibson’s Hanukkah movie: over? [JTA]
After it was announced that Mel Gibson, director of “The Passion of the Christ,” was going to direct a film on the Maccabees, the Jewish community uttered a collective, “Wha…?” But it looks like the movie might not happen after all. Moreover, the screenwriter for the project has made some pretty nasty accusations about Gibson’s intentions. JTA reports:
“‘Screenwriter Joe Eszterhas said in a letter to Mel Gibson that the actor and filmmaker ‘hates Jews.’ Ezsterhas sent the letter following Warner Bros.’ rejection of his screenplay for Gibson’s movie about Judah Maccabee.
The letter, published on The Wrap.com, accuses Gibson of not really wanting to make the film, and sabotaging it, saying: ‘I’ve come to the conclusion that the reason you won’t make ‘The Maccabees’ is the ugliest possible one. You hate Jews.’
Eszterhas wrote that Gibson wanted to make the movie only so he could ‘convert the Jews to Christianity.’”