As a Jewish community volunteer and part-time critic, I often vacillate between hopefulness and concern. From the volunteer perspective, I experience moments of enrichment that sustain my belief that Jewish differences can be made and the promise of the Jewish people can be kept. … [Read more...] about Response to Dr. Sarna: We have a mission; communal life must be about meaning
Gail Hyman warned recently in this space about the temptations of taking on projects that fall outside one’s mission. There’s another danger that is potentially more serious: defining mission so narrowly that an organization can’t adapt to changing needs and … [Read more...] about Adapt or Die
One of our prime goals at eJewish Philanthropy is "to create dialogue and advance the conversation." With this in mind, we welcome long time Chicago communal leader Richard Wexler to kick off a discussion, with a thought provoking op-ed, on moving the UJC forward under their … [Read more...] about Toward Tomorrow
The Anglo-Israeli community likes to criticize; must be in their blood. And all to often the recipients of their venting appears to be American philanthropists. You see, these judges of others are miffed at where generous individuals choose to spend their own money. Last year, … [Read more...] about Naysayers Are Fine, But Do Your Homework!
On September 30, 2009, Jerry Silverman will begin his five year term as CEO of the United Jewish Communities; a position he enters with a most impressive track record. The real question is whether he can be the first CEO in the organization’s ten year old history to steer it in … [Read more...] about The Challenges Faced by UJC’s New CEO