About half a century ago, Woody Allen used to tell a joke about how he was the token Jew in a Gentile ad agency, but got fired for taking off too many Jewish holidays.
Still, all in all, Jews like myself and legions of others, have been welcomed in the advertising industry.
There's no 3% Conference for Jews in the business like there is for women. I don't have any stats, but I'd say we are fairly well-represented--even at the highest, obscenely-compensated holding company level.
That's perhaps why I was struck this morning as I walked into the lobby of my office building.
This is the first decoration you see. A gorgeous 20-foot-high Christmas tree made from cuddly plush teddy bears.
Next to it, there's this two-foot-high acknowledgement of the impending Jewish holiday.
Which is marked by a short, rotund, beady-eyed, long-nosed, bald and yarmulke-wearing creature.
Must be part of the Jewish media's "War on Christmas."