In my hands is a document so mind-numbing in its irrelevance that only the apparatchiks of the National Jewish Community Relations Advisory Council could have produced it. It makes me yearn for the days of Abraham Bayer, but more about that in a minute.

The 51-page document contains the "Joint Program Plan Drafts for the 1996 Plenum," and is written in a language related to English. I have forced my way through this document in order to understand what NJCRAC does. This is an important question because NJCRAC, under the guidance of its executive vice chairman, Lawrence Rubin, is trying to expand beyond its original mandate -- which no Jew I've spoken to understands exactly -- and become an independent presence on the Jewish political scene, as a counterpart to the mainstream defense agencies, the ADL and the AJCs.
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