if you want to know the source of the move away from the federation-centric orientation at JFNA look at the role being played by the senior consultant in HR.
Thanks. Keep your eyes on these pages as we plan to raise some serious questions about the roles the "senior consultant in HR plays" and the seminal question: "why?"
Who is the senior consultant in HR at JFNA?
That secret presence is the second highest paid person at JFNA
Notwithstanding the virtues of JFNA's "Senior Consultant", JFNA lost its Federation focus when CJF merged with UJA. While CJF's role was to support and strengthen American Federations, it was relatively unknown beyond the people it actually served. UJA, in contrast, was a "household name" in American Jewish Life. In the merged organization, the players formerly known as "UJA" were credited for bringing in the greater share of cash (in the form of allocations and missions fees) than CJF, which only brought in dues. Of course, Federations were the ones who created community in America's cities. They were the conveners of the local UJA campaigns. But Federations were also the cause of cash being diverted from overseas and from NY headquarters. Those of us who lived through the initial merger period can recall the snickering of "UJA" people just waiting for the day that the merged organization would once again be known as "UJA". One after another, "CJF" people left the organization. Few remain today. That's why there's less Federation focus.
...working at JFNA today, certainly running it, is s fools mission. Good people don't stay and good people don't join. That goes for the top as well as "the middle", where I used to be. No top tier executive with a clue would want to touch the #1 job.
Last anonymous: there are still good people there. Don't denigrate everyone; lots of good, dedicated and federation-centric work being done and being appreciated by our communities. Don't through everything out just because there is enmity against some of the leadership.
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