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A new organization called the Jewish American Bar Association (based—where else?—in Boca Raton, Florida) is causing a stir for its forthright marketing. “It implies a Jewish attorney is better than a non-Jewish attorney, and that can’t help the legal community at large,” says a local B’nai B’rith activist. Responds the social worker who started the organization: “If an all-women’s medical group posted an ad ‘Prefer a woman gynecologist?’ would that be offensive?” Which begs the question: If somebody made an analogy that implied that lawyers’ subject matter is inherently Jewish, would that be offensive?

By the way, the pop cultural moment that this most immediately provokes should provide a relief to Boomer readers who tire of my less out-of-date references. Watch the whole thing: I’m going more for what happens in the second half of the clip (starting around 5:09).

‘Want a Jewish Lawyer?’ Advertisement Ruffles S. Florida Attorneys’ Feathers [Sun-Sentinel]

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Make sure to watch the continuation where the lawyer turns out to be a gentile:

What about “Prefer a Gay Hairdresser!” or “Prefer a Mexican Gardener!” ?

And with the exclamation point, they aren’t asking you, they’re telling you.

Plus, they’re not really a “Bar Association” even if they call themselves one.

lisa spitzer says:

Mr Shulman seems obsessed with this. I wonder if he gets any sleep at all.
We are a bar association and the non for profit status is on its way. If Mr Shulman has an issue and comments let him come out from behind his blogs and tweets and comments.He has been following this all over the web. There was no “intention” at all. We are going to become a non for profit Bar association.
And I thank you Mr Shulman for giving me the motivation and I thank you everybody. I researched on line prefer for many things and it is in my article. Apparently this is not a new concept. Our grandparents and great grandparents came to this country because of the oppression in their land.The Last time I looked America is where we can all have the right to prefer.Does every preference show a prejudice? This ad was removed within days.


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