A Final Howard's View and I guess he's gone. And with his departure, not just hyperbolic revisionist history ("...while staying focused on our core fundraising and endowment campaigns..." "...on the verge of adopting a new approach to branding our system..." and on and on) but a failure to comprehend, after five years of service, that federation disengagement today is not the by-product of "...a perennial debate about whether Federations want UJC to be a trade association or a leader of the Federation system..." It is about a tragic failure of UJC's leaders to focus or follow federations' wants and needs not about "...a tendency to see our work at UJC through an inherited mindset of discontent (that) has dogged our efforts." Pure...poppycock.
And what would a View, even a Final one, be without meandering off into strange analogies -- this time, the creation of the United States with the merger creating United Jewish Communities and building from there. Oh, me, how I will miss these sometimes weekly messages.
I don't know, wouldn't a Final View have been the place for publicly thanking his professional staff, his few lay partners, the federation leaders who have supported him and his work? Guess not.
Howard -- bye. End of story.