A number of folks have written or called me expressing a continuing concern about overlap between the Jewish Agency and JDC, urging merger, at least programmatic, in certain areas. I have seen the organizations work hard and in good faith to reduce the tensions on the ground in an effort to eliminate overlap. Then, I read this:
* Assist transmigrants during the transit period in Vienna and provide technical assistance and social and cultural programming
WELFARE SERVICES FOR THE ELDERLY $ 2000
JEWISH LIFE AND COMMUNITY 50000
PROGRAM DELIVERY 83550
Approved 2009 Total Budget $399742
I thought to myself -- what organization of ours is responsible for "transmigration?" Which one do you think? Do you believe that there has been a formal division of labor as between JAFI and JDC on this issue? Well, you would probably be wrong.
Should JFNA take it upon itself, on behalf of the federations, to review the programs of the two organizations and identify areas of overlap and duplication, if any, and where such areas are found direct the organizations to explain or resolve...period. Seems so easy...probably isn't.