To: Members of the Board of Governors Dear Friends, After many months of very intensive work by both the Strategic Committee and the professional staff, we are pleased to send you the attached new proposed strategic plan. This is an appropriate opportunity to thank each member of the Strategic Planning Committee and the staff of the Jewish Agency for the months of unstinting hard work in forging this plan. During the last few months … [Read more...] about Securing the Future: The Jewish Agency’s New Plan
by Robert P. Aronson In 1975, a failed art student, I began working at the Milwaukee Jewish Federation as a clerk typist. One day my boss, Mel Zaret, asked me to attend a fundraising meeting. There were about twenty men in the room listening to an Israeli army officer wearing sunglasses. He spoke about the battle for the Suez Canal. After that, to my astonishment, the men went around the room and announced pledges to the 1975 Federation … [Read more...] about What I’ve Learned About Raising Money from Jews
Nowhere are the fissures of the Jewish world more apparent than in early summer Jerusalem. For here, on the one-hand, we see the energy accompanying the first wave of Birthright Israel, teen youth program, and 20-something summer visitors - arriving by the tens of thousands - to experience all that Israel has to offer. And at the other end, the [mostly] greying and powerful professional and lay leaders of the world's largest and most visible … [Read more...] about The World Zionist Organization and the Jewish Agency Struggle to Find Meaning
by Noga Zivan, D. Phil. On 6 May 2010, Great Britain went to the polls amid great unease surrounding the country’s economic future. The election resulted in the first peace-time coalition government since 1939, between David Cameron’s Conservative (Tory) Party and Nick Clegg’s Liberal Democrat. With the Conservatives pledged to cut £6 billion in spending this year alone, all eyes are now trained on Chancellor George Osborne’s emergency … [Read more...] about Where Now for Great Britain?
One thing is abundantly clear: the Jewish Federations' partner organizations, including the JDC, the Jewish Agency and World ORT are not sitting still. All three are busy strengthening their North American infrastructure, making high-level hires and becoming more independent in their FRD approach. None of this bodes well for JFNA as a facilitator of overseas money, and more important for the future health of UIA. A controversial thought for … [Read more...] about The Jewish Agency Pushes Forward