I have been appropriately chastised by writers from PresenTense (for spelling, among other things) and on behalf of a variety of "new, new things" for my apparent short-sightedness. No one doubts these many organizations "...energy, creativity, organizational ability, and Jewish passion" among other things. Now, if the same writers or others will point to how their "leadership" transports and supports the federation leadership table at which they claim to sit in various communities, we'll move forward yachad.
The reality is something quite different. We have in our leadership cadre men and women who graduate from Young Leadership Cabinets who can't find room at the Federation leadership tables. Instead of focusing our federated communities on those men and women, we find our organizations out seeking this "new, new thing." It is part of the institutional attention deficit disorder afflicting some (well, at least one) of our entities. Certainly the present and future must be filled with portals of entry -- let's assure that -- but the excellence of our communal instrumentalities will only be assured when our leadership is trained and ready to lead -- at every age.