Last week was quite something at 25 Broadway, let's take a peek:
~ Silverman announced that new hire Joanne Moore would not only "direct" something called the Global Planning Department (heretofore non-existent) but would also "plan" the GA and direct JFNA's non-existent planning and research effort while "managing" the non-existent GPT. And she would do all of this from D.C. while reporting directly to Jerry. Open questions: (1) what does this appointment mean to JFNA Global Operations: Israel and Overseas; (2) how will Global Planning integrate with Global Operations (by the way, one doesn't exist, the other appears not to) if at all; and (3) what are the organizational implications for Rebecca Caspi and that huge expense in Israel; and (4) can one person actually do all of these things? Was any of this thought through? Does anyone remember that the JFNA Executive Committee was created as an "operational Executive" for just this purpose -- to reason through just this kind of operational change.
~ From time-to-time I go to the Jewish Federations of North America website -- just to read what new mischief is going on. I did so last week and right there, on the Home page was a link to something called The Israel Solidarity Drive -- something to which you can "DONATE NOW." Gosh, you go the link and learn that The Israel Solidarity Drive and learn that the Drive has already raised $9 million...that's $9,000,000...which has largely gone to help Southern Israel recover from attacks and invest in disaster preparedness. Then you see links to atrocities dating back to March.
But, then, reading on, the Drive really isn't one...might have been one once but not now. Upon inquiry I learned from one who knows better than I -- "It's probably been sitting on a shelf since (Operation) Cast Lead. Someone must have knocked it (to the floor) when they cleaned out their office after being right-sized and it rolled into Jerry's office." So, there you are -- right there on the JFNA Home Page -- a "campaign" that isn't and almost never was. Maybe Jerry should put Joanne in charge of this as well?
Next to dysfunctional organization in the dictionary is JFNA's logo.