The Jewish Agency Assembly opens two weeks from today - with the Board of Governor's Meeting immediately following. The issues of governance, that have been in discussion for the past two years, are high up on the agenda. If the proposed changes are voted in, the most visible difference will be the new nomination process for both senior lay and professional leaders. And this means Natan Sharansky's candidacy for CEO is in trouble. Rabbi Dick … [Read more...] about The De-Zionization of JAFI?
a guest Op-Ed by David Bryfman In recent times I have been in a position to ask various groups of Jewish educators and communal professionals to come up with new ideas - specifically innovative ways to engage Jewish teens in meaningful Jewish activities. Perhaps not surprisingly, brainstorming alone did not deliver any out-of-the-box ideas. In the vast majority of instances people are only able to conjure events from their own experiences - … [Read more...] about Change or Die: Why Traditional Organizations Must Innovate
Steven Nasatir, president of the Jewish United Fund/Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago, writing in The NonProfit Times: It's Your Money - How not to get burned by the next Madoff In this era of global financial crisis, philanthropic investors are suffering the same fallout from mismanagement, lax oversight and outright thievery that has impacted the private sector. Trust in the realm of resource management arguably is even more … [Read more...] about It’s Your Money
In the words of Thomas Paine (or depending on your musical taste, the Kingston Trio) - these are the days that try men’s souls. With the economy in tatters, jobless numbers swelling, and pocketbooks suffering, charities all over the country are facing decreased campaigns and increased needs. And of course in the Jewish community, the campaigns of federations have not been immune to this swift and painful downturn. Even those campaigns got an … [Read more...] about Good Decisions in Bad Times: In Praise of Federation Community Allocations
Ellen Frankel, CEO and Editor-in-Chief of The Jewish Publication Society of America, delivered the following remarks at the recent Commencement ceremony for the Hornstein Program in Jewish Professional Leadership. Dr. Frankel also received this year's Bernard Reisman Award for Professional Excellence from the Hornstein Program. We are grateful to Ellen for sharing with all of us her inspiring message. Charge to the Graduates of the Hornstein … [Read more...] about Each One of You Can Make a Genuine Difference