WASHINGTON – The fundraiser being held for Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney while he’s in Israel is scheduled to start at 9:30 in the evening next Sunday, well after the end of Tisha Be’av at sundown, according to an invitation obtained by The Jerusalem Post.
The invitation to the fundraiser, first reported by the Post, also specifies that dietary laws will be observed and that no refreshments would be served until after the fast.
The timing of the fundraiser at the end of the fast day commemorating the destruction of the First Temple has raised some eyebrows in Jerusalem.
The “evening reception,” as the invitation puts it, also requires that attendees contribute $50,000 per couple or have raised $100,000. The Post originally reported that the cost for attending the dinner would be $60,000.