Philly Federation: Refocusing Mission

from Jewish Exponent:

It Takes More Than a Kehillah

The Kehillot, the seven community-building entities throughout the region that stage Jewish festivals, adult learning sessions, soccer leagues, children’s storytelling and Israeli Independence Day events, is about to come under new management.

The Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia, which created and for years ran the network, is turning over the program to the Auerbach Central Agency for Jewish Education / Jewish Outreach Partnership, effective Sept. 1.

Federation has agreed to continue to fund the Kehillot to the tune of about $1 million, which Federation officials said is slightly less than its allocations in recent years.

At the same time, ACAJE/JOP has agreed to oversee the program and take on seven Federation staff members as employees.

… For Federation, divesting itself of the management of the Kehillot is the latest sign that the city’s central Jewish fundraising agency is distancing itself from directly running programs. Instead, say officials, it is focusing on its core mission of fundraising and setting communal priorities.