By Lonny Goldsmith [Author’s Note: In the second half of 2018, TC Jewfolk received two anonymous letters, indicating that the St.Paul Federation was, “not transparent with donors and volunteers.” After examining these claims against the Transparency section of the St. Paul Federation website, we felt compelled to better understand the Federation’s financial campaign goals, achievements, and its allocations over the last decade with the goal of … [Read more...] about Amidst Financial Struggles, St. Paul Federation Looks To Move Forward
Jewish Federations of NA/formerly UJC
By Ann Pava In the Old City of Jerusalem a 24 year old wanders the streets without a group for the first time. On MASA, she has an opportunity to build her autonomy, confidence, and competence, all along ancient Jewish streets. Young children climb fallen logs with support of local Jewish preschool teachers, as parents have a chance together to breathe and to expand their community. Family camp is at one time time outdoors, vacation, Jewish … [Read more...] about Redefining Jewish Education: Federations’ Goals for a New Century
[eJP note: For background, we direct readers to our earlier post, "Send in the Clowns: A Commentary on JFNA-UIA."] *** We are members of the JFNA Global Operations Review Committee (the “Committee”). After extensive consideration, we dissent from certain portions of the draft Report of the Committee, dated October 8, 2018 (the “Draft”), as we explain below. The premise of the work of the Global Operations Review Committee was a … [Read more...] about Dissenting Opinion: 4 Courageous Lay Leaders speak out on JFNA-UIA Fiasco
By Richard Wexler
“But where are the clowns?
Send in the clowns.
Don’t bother, they’re here”
We all have heard the haunting lyrics of Stephen Sondheim’s beautiful dirge. Sad to say, they are too appropriate in light of JFNA’s determination to effectively defenestrate its subsidiary, the United Israel Appeal, for no reason other than it exists. It’s also entirely possible that this decision, reflected in what can only be described as a “made … [Read more...] about Send in the Clowns:
A Commentary on JFNA-UIA
By Jackie Frankel Yaakov The GA 2018 in Tel Aviv was a dialogue on Israel and the Diaspora and the future of Jewish peoplehood being in danger. What does it mean that we are 'Am Yisrael' if the two largest Jewish communities of today don't understand one another - whether literally due to language barriers or due to cultural misunderstandings of one another's intentions? There seemed to be a consensus among the self-selected participants of … [Read more...] about Reflections on the GA 2018 “Let’s Talk”: Can Israel and the Diaspora aspire to be not just two pillars, but an arch?