Friday, May 30, 2014


This e-mail just arrived:

Dear Trustees,

I want to clarify that the purpose of the Board of Trustees conference call on June 2 at 11:00AM ET is to authorize JFNA’s Compensation Committee to negotiate a contract renewal with Jerry Silverman.

As per Section 5.5-3 of the Bylaws (noted below), it is the responsibility of the JFNA Compensation Committee to determine the conditions of his employment.

Thank you.

Shabbat Shalom.

Michael Siegal
Chair, Board of Trustees
Should be a brief and transparent discussion, shouldn't it?


Shabbat shalom.



Anonymous said...

As a Jewish democracy we have the leaders we deserve. And, now, those leaders have determined that a further contract be extended to Jerry Silverman. It's a closed. failed process. The future of our national organization is in the hands of Michael Siegal, Dede Feinberg, Steven Silberman and Lisa Hurwitz. Oh My God.

Anonymous said...

I think we get it, Mr. Siegal, "the purpose of the call" is to deny us any explanation of why in God's name this tiny group of non-leaders has determined to offer a CEO who has totally failed the federations will be offered a new contract.

Anonymous said...

This decision is the final straw, the ultimate embarrassment and for JFNA it is a self-inflicted wound.

Anonymous said...

Sycophants of the world unite!

You have nothing to lose but the Organized Jewish Community.

Vote no for the renewal of Silverman's contract.

Enough is enough. He can only make it worse the longer he is there.

1) There is no one better - yes there is.

2) Chairs do not want to spend the remainder of their term looking for a replacement. - so pass down contracted incompetence to your successors? OMG.

3) We have now surrounded him with professionals so get can do a good job - he did not surround himself proving his inability to lead an organization like JFNA

4) He is finally beginning to get it - no he isn't and he never will. Go back to sneakers and slacks.

5) We are replacing him by adding internal strength so we can afford to lose him later. - see 2 and 3 above.

6) Nobody ever did the JFNA Harlem Shake like Jerry - see your Rabbi for the proper blessing. But most Rabbis would suggest “Baruch Atah Adonai, Eloheinu melech ha’olam, m’shaneh habriyot.” “Blessed are You, Adonai our God, ruler of the universe, who makes creatures different.” This is the benediction one is supposed to say upon seeing an exceptionally strange-looking person or animal.

7) Nobody needs JFNA anyway. - allow us to get rid of Jerry Silverman and we can bring back the JFNA we all need.

Vote no. Very simple. Vote no.

Do not be sheep.

RWEX said...

Well said...but sheep don't vote, they just nod their heads.

Anonymous said...

Richard, In case you and your readers have not seen it, ejewishphilanthropy published a lead article today: Clueless CEOs -- Barriers to Growth -- that says it all.