The Challenge of Mergers

from New Jersey Jewish News:

njspeakinginonevoiceSpeaking in one voice: NJ federations face a challenge in merging advocacy efforts

Like three characters in search of new identities, the community relations arms of three New Jersey Jewish federations are coping with growing pains and tight budgets as they merge into one organization.

The merger of the three entities – the Community Relations Committee of United Jewish Communities of MetroWest NJ, the Jewish Community Relations Council of the UJA Federation of Northern New Jersey, and the Jewish Community Relations Council of the Jewish Federation of Central New Jersey – was announced in May.

But the details of the merger were not in place, and stakeholders in all three federation communities are still weighing the implications of a combined approach to Jewish advocacy in a state famous, even notorious, for localized governance.