Sunday, June 26, 2011


Dan Brown, the founder and editor of ejewishphilanthropy, never ceases to amaze me with his insights into our system. On the eve of the Jewish Agency meetings, Dan published several observations, one of which dealt with the sense from 7,000 miles away from my home, the disaster that JFNA's leaders seek to impose on our system, locally, nationally and globally through the Global Planning Table. Here is what Dan wrote last Friday:

"Indirectly related to the tensions surrounding the (Jewish Agency) board meeting, in the Jewish Federations "handling" of their desired Global Planning Table (GPT) and how money is allocated for overseas needs. This is another place where it is difficult to tell where it will eventually play out, but despite being in self-denial, JFNA's lay and professional leadership needs to not only understand but accept, that this continuing fiasco has caused them significant damage across not only the federation system but across all meaningful global giving discussions." (emphasis added)

But, at 25 Broadway and Greensboro, N.C., they push forward without regard to the consequences. More's the pity.


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