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Note to ZOA: Dump Mort

One of the many former executive directors of the ZOA Western Region, Mark Paredes weighs in on the need to get rid of Mort Klein.

Read his blog post in the Jewish Journal or below:

I feel the need to weigh in on the leadership battle in the ZOA (Zionist Organization of America), which Mort Klein, the incumbent, should win handily on Sunday. Having spent ten months as the ZOA’s regional executive director in Los Angeles, I would like to comment briefly on Mort Klein’s character and fitness to continue serving as the ZOA’s president.

There should be no doubt that the ZOA is simply a vanity project for Mr. Klein. On one occasion the Jewish Federation of LA asked the ZOA to co-sponsor a lecture on Zionism to be given by Rabbi Chaim Seidler-Feller, the thoughtful head of UCLA’s Hillel program. Seeing this as a perfect opportunity to mainstream the ZOA in the local Jewish community, I obtained permission from the ZOA’s national executive director to do so. Imagine my surprise, then, to field an angry phone call from Mort a week later. He insisted that we cancel our co-sponsorship immediately, and proceeded to reprimand me for even considering sponsorship of “scum” like Rabbi Seidler-Feller. When I retorted that the good rabbi, although more liberal on the peace process than we might like, was a graduate of Yeshiva University and a noted Jewish scholar, Mort became even more enraged. Rabbi Seidler-Feller was scum, according to the ZOA head, because he had turned down Mort’s request to speak to UCLA students. If you’ve ever heard Mort speak, the rabbi did those kids a favor.

While in Germany on a pro-Jewish speaking tour in several European countries (which had also been approved by the ZOA’s executive director), I was forced to take another call from an angry Mort, who had suddenly decided that having a ZOA employee whose name wasn’t Mort making speeches in Europe wasn’t such a good idea at all. When I asked him what harm could possibly come from having me make pro-Jewish speeches in several European countries, I was told that the ZOA was focused on Jews in America. Translated into ZOA-speak, that meant that an insecure president who couldn’t deliver a talk in coherent English, let alone other languages, wanted to prevent his employees from upstaging him. Small in stature, Mort is a very small man in other ways as well.

Based on my experience with the ZOA, and my conversations with other former employees of the organization, it should be obvious to any thinking person that the ZOA is nothing more than an opportunity for Mort Klein to line his pockets with contributions from right-wing donors who want to use Mort as a stuttering mouthpiece to air their extremist views. His only desire is to promote himself, not to mainstream or develop the organization. I have never met anyone in my life who has embarked on an ego trip with so little luggage.

It’s hard to imagine anyone doing a worse job running the ZOA, so I hope that Los Angeles attorney Steve Goldberg, Mort’s long shot opponent, wins the election this weekend. Opponents of the peace process and strong advocates of right-wing views on Israel deserve an organization – the oldest Zionist one in the country – of which they can be proud. No group headed by Mort Klein can meet this standard.

Mort Klein Resorts to Bribery!

There is dramatic evidence that Mort Klein has attempted to bribe a major Israeli journalist! Take a look at this talkback in which Martin Sherman replies to an allegation that Steve Goldberg offered Sherman financial incentives to support him. In fact, it was Mort Klein who offered Sherman a bribe to back down on his columns calling for ZOA leadership change.


Alan Howard · Dentist/Owner at Self-Employed

Martin has been promised help from Steve Goldberg in fund raising, therefore he has jumped on the bandwagon. If Steve Goldberg wins zoa will lose.

Martin Sherman · Following · Top Commenter · Marist Brothers College ObservatoryHOGGING THE LIMELIGHT–AND THE “LOLLY”


You write “Martin has been promised help from Steve Goldberg in fund raising, therefore he has jumped on the bandwagon. If Steve Goldberg wins zoa will lose”,

Thank you so much for raising this topic—which I was NOT about to broach—and for giving me the opportunity to bring some important additional facts to the attention of the readers—and underscore some that I already have.

With regard to your accusation that I am supporting Steve Goldberg because he has promised me help with fund-raising, actually quite THE OPPOSITE is true

On Sunday 2/3 I, received THREE calls from Mort Klein – at 15.43, 16.42 (unanswered) 18.47 – the only time he has initiated contact with me during our 20+ years acquaintance. In the calls he demanded I retract what I had written and led me to understand that if I did so I could expect help with donors (or, at least, one specific donor)

To the best of my recollection, you have never been privy (at least legally) to any exchanges I have had with Goldberg, who hardly received effusive praise from me (indeed, I state more than once that he has yet to prove he can rise to the challenge), so it is difficult to grasp how you could arrive at the grave accusation you level at me.

However, even if you could substantiate your wildly unfounded claim, how would this in anyway impact on the validity of what I wrote regarding the ZOA under Klein:
– the minute size of membership;
– the minuscule impact on the political process regarding Israel;
– the mediocre size of funds raised; and
– the massive size of his compensation package.

So while Goldberg still has to prove that he can meet the daunting challenges facing the ZOA, it should be clear that Klein cannot.

Moreover, with regard to support, it is more than plausible to assume that because the ZOA has refrained from empowering like-minded individuals/organizations in Israel, that it has been spectacularly unsuccessful in preventing the implementation of the perilous policies of its ideological opponents. Thus, preferring to expend its resources on exorbitant presidential compensation and unproductive real-estate, the ZOA has opted for leaving them hopelessly “out-gunned” by their massively-funded rivals on the Left.

After all, we should not forget that Klein assumed the presidency of the ZOA in the same year that the Oslo Agreements were signed,–and although he did oppose them consistently–he had precious little effect in impeding them.

Perhaps, among things, this was due to him hogging the limelight and the “lolly”??

Mort Klein’s nephew calls on his uncle to withdraw

Mort Klein’s nephew, Joel Damens, has written the following letterto Steve Goldberg:

Hello, Mr. Goldberg,
As you know I have expressed an interest in joining the ZOA. I have always felt this interest to join an organization that so adamantly fights for the survival of Israel. I must advise that I did not feel comfortable joining the ZOA because of how I was mistreated by the President of the organization, Morton Klein. The video that you posted about the mistreatment of an employee, where Morton Klein did not want an employee of the ZOA to attend the National ZOA dinner convention (because his fiance was African American) resonates deep within me. Such bigotry and treating people as though they are beneath you/subhuman, should not be tolerated in any organization and by any Jew (especially after all the Jews have been through). I agree wholeheartedly in that my uncle fights vigorously for the Jewish people and for the survival of Israel. But, that in and of itself does not make you a good person; in regards to ethics, moral compassion for your fellow man, and unselfish management of a non-profit organization. I believe you have what it takes to lead the ZOA into the future, as outlined in your 7 point plan. I especially like your approach of outreach to younger Jews and hiring more employees to campaign for the cause in lieu of paying the President half a million dollars plus, salary per year. I am publicly calling for change and for Morton Klein to withdraw from this campaign.
“For all of your accomplishments yesterday and today, will not be remembered if you leave a trail of destruction in your path through the mistreatment of your fellow man. Ethics and moral compassion above all else will always prevail!” 

Caroline Glick Really Thinks Mort Klein Should Retire

Mort Klein is becoming increasingly desperate that he is on the verge of losing his 20-year grip on the ZOA. It appears he has beseeched his old friend Caroline Glick, a well respected Israeli thinker and writer, to write a column endorsing him for reelection. Glick then wrote a column that is lukewarm at best and damns Klein with faint praise. Nevertheless, the bottom line is she did endorse him, albeit grudgingly.

If you want to know what Caroline Glick really thinks about Mort Klein when she is not under pressure, see this unsolicited e-mail she wrote to Steve Goldberg back in November of 2012 upon learning of Mort Klein’s decision to terminate a loyal, dedicated and talented employee who objected to Klein’s illegal order not to divulge the ZOA’s loss of its 501c3 status to donors.

From: Caroline Glick <>
Date: November 22, 2012 6:02:19 AM PST
Subject: hi from Caroline Glick – confidential

Hi Steve,

I read with dismay about Orit’s firing and the other related developments in LA and elsewhere within the ZOA. It seems to me that with O’s reelection and the Jewish organizational world’s likely move to the far left that a strong ZOA is more essential now than ever before. What can be done to help?

Is there anything I could do? Also, the only email I have for Orit is her ZOA one. Could you give me her personal email and also send her my good wishes?

Finally, is there a chance that Mort will retire and make room for new leadership for the ZOA?

Thanks and Happy Thanksgiving.