By making community performance available to the Jewish public and by collecting and reporting data about current programming, market share, individual behavior, and attitudinal perceptions, organizations can make better-informed decisions about strategic direction and prioritization, which will ultimately lead to more coordinated efforts to strengthen our community. by Meryl Ainsman and Raimy Rubin Three years ago, the Jewish Federation of … [Read more...] about The Community Scorecard – How Do We Grow Stronger?
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Organizations are not simply web sites and platforms - they are also composed of people. by Robert Hyfler In a 2012 article I relayed what I described as “a real life midrash”: Early in my career, I worked at the Memphis Jewish Federation. At the time the most beloved community volunteer was Lewis “Red” Kramer, a secular Jew, regional Vice President of the Workman’s Circle and yet the membership chairman of what was then the largest … [Read more...] about The Exclusion of J Street and the Denial of Ourselves
[The following article is offered as a partnership between eJP and Clal’s CLI program. The Clergy Leadership Incubator (CLI) is a two-year program to support and encourage early career congregational rabbis in the areas of innovative thinking, change management and institutional transformation. CLI is the newest program in the Rabbis Without Borders (RWB) family of programs under the auspices of Clal and is directed by Rabbi Sid Schwarz. Each … [Read more...] about Innovation and Organizational Change: What it Took; What we Gained
The Conference [of President]’s actions represent an elitism and hubris that is rotting the American Jewish Community’s strength and vibrancy from within. by Marty Levine Wednesday The Conference of Presidents of Major Jewish Organizations voted to reject the request by J Street to have a seat at the table. In the Conference’s own words its “… present membership … includes (50) organizations which represent and articulate the views … [Read more...] about On The Meaning of Consensus
by Alex Pomson and Jack Wertheimer Israel, we are informed with regularity, is a source of ongoing and bitter strife among American Jews. According to a cascade of press reports, rabbis feel themselves muzzled when it comes to speaking about Israel, communal institutions are wracked with divisive debates over Israel-related programs and Hillels on various campuses are convulsed by disagreements about what kind of talk about Israel is … [Read more...] about Hearts and Minds: Israel in North American Jewish Day Schools