Organizers of the annual Jewish Leadership Conference were forced to scramble to find a venue in New York City this week when the executives at Manhattan’s Museum of Jewish Heritage gave them an ultimatum: either Florida Governor Ron DeSantis must not be on the guest speaker list, or the event would need to find another place to gather.
Tikvah Fund leaders Elliott Abrams and Eric Cohen told The Post Friday that museum brass advised them to either disinvite DeSantis or take the annual Jewish Leadership Conference elsewhere.
Cohen said they were shocked by the ultimatum.
“Never before did the museum share their opinions about or seek to assert oversight over our guest speakers,” he said Friday.
Tikvah leaders refused to cancel DeSantis and instead moved the entire event to Pier 60.
“In disbelief, I spoke directly to the museum CEO, Jack Kliger,” Cohen said. “He said that the museum does not host political figures, whether from the left or the right.”
“Mr. Kliger called me the next day and said their decision was final and that Gov. DeSantis would not be allowed to speak,” Cohen said. “He never sent me a written explanation. We have heard nothing since then.”
Perhaps the issue is Governor DeSantis’s address itself.
DeSantis’ speech is titled “The Florida Model — And Why it’s Good for the Jews,” the site states.
The conference will go on, just at another, far more tolerant venue.