Do Jewish Federations Need Radical Reformation?
Time for a Wake-Up Call
San Francisco – (November 6, 2007) Jewish federations need to change if they are going to remain a dominant force in Jewish philanthropy, according to a new policy paper released by the Institute for Jewish & Community Research (IJCR). The essay challenges federations to ask hard questions about their mission, purpose and operations, and examine the "nuts and bolts, structure, and mechanics of the federation itself." The paper is a call for action for "federations to rethink how they operate."
"Federations owe it to themselves and the Jewish community they serve to take a harder look at how they do business, the problems they have, and what they can do differently and better," according to Gary Tobin, president of the Institute for Jewish & Community Research, and author of the policy paper.
The Jewish Telegraphic Agency (JTA) is opening an online forum about Jewish philanthropy, in conjunction with the release of the IJCR policy paper. http://jta.org/cgi-bin/iowa/special/ga07.html. The full policy paper may be downloaded at www.jewishresearch.org.
Among the issues to discuss:
The Institute for Jewish & Community Research analyzes a broad range of issues including racial and religious identity, philanthropy, and higher education. The Institute is an independent, non-partisan think tank, and provides innovative research and pragmatic policy analyses to Jewish and other communities around the world.