The Week That Was: November 25-December 1
by Florence Broder
Marni Mandell, a Tel Aviv based trainer and facilitator, says, “After working in both the US and Israeli nonprofit field, it is apparent that we have a long way to go towards building a donor-centered mindset of philanthropy here in Israel. On one hand, we need to develop both an understanding of what professional skills are needed, as well as the resources to provide our nonprofit colleagues with the tools necessary to get the job done. On the other, it is inspiring to see what amutot do here with virtually no resources.”
JDC Names Alan Gill New CEO
The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) has named Alan Gill as its next CEO. Gill … will take the helm of the global Jewish humanitarian organization on January 31, 2013.
Planning for Success(ion)
by Dr. Hal M. Lewis
The time has come to abandon the insulting notion that programs of Jewish literacy, however excellent, are in and of themselves, leadership programs. Similarly, American Jewish groups must cease the dysfunctional practice of parachuting people into positions of communal responsibility just because they have been successful in business.
The Real Meaning of Collective Responsibility
by Stephen Donshik
The major theme of the fundraising efforts around the world and in Israel has been meeting the present and emerging needs of the Jewish people. However, when the need occurs in the United States or other communities who have been able to provide funding when needed there is not a major effort on the part of the Jewish communities around the world to respond to their needs.
Over recent decades, demographic reports on Jewish life have indicated declining numbers of young Jews choosing to opt into Jewish life. This phenomenon is especially notable among teens, college students and twenty-somethings. In response to these concerning trends, Jewish innovators across the country have developed a wide array of new programs and initiatives targeting these age cohorts.
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