The Week That Was: April 22-28

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Based on site and RSS feed analytics, here – in alphabetical order – are the most popular posts on eJewish Philanthropy last week:

Failure in Chicago
by Michael Lipkowitz

As shocking as this story may be elsewhere, the truth is that it doesn’t surprise anyone who has been involved as a lay leader in Chicago at an agency or project “owned” by the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago (JFMC). This is typical behavior for a professional leadership team that operates a cabal over everything Jewish in Chicago.

Jewish Summer Camps: Director’s Cut

by Robert Gluck

At age 8, when Molly Hott stepped off the bus to complete her first summer of overnight camp, she told her parents she was going to “do this forever.”

She wasn’t kidding.

Looking Beneath the Surface in Chicago
by Dan Brown

The bitter, and public, disagreement between the University of Chicago Hillel’s recently fired director and advisory board and the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago, isn’t going away anytime soon.

Missions to Israel: Old-School Strategy in a New Age World

by Jacob Solomon

Today, Monday, April 23, a chartered El Al 747 from Miami will land at an Israel Air Force base in the Negev, marking the start of the Greater Miami Jewish Federation’s first Mega Mission to Israel since the mid ‘90’s and the largest community mission to Israel in over a decade.

The Innovator’s Dilemma
by Daniel Libenson

Yom Ha’atzmaut came a month early at the University of Chicago. After a year of resisting the Chicago Jewish Federation’s demands to cut the budget of the university’s Hillel house in a way that would have killed our innovative program, Hillel’s board asked for corporate independence from the Federation and was promptly fired, as was I, on March 30.

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