It took a reader to review the inane waste that is FedWorld (JFNA in microcosm) and report:
"Richard -- on a separate note...if you look at today's (5/2/2016) FedWorld email....under the JEWISH EDUCATION & ENGAGEMENT section...you will find the following.Of course we know that there is no shame at all at 25 Broadway (and, apparently, none where JFNA's officers reside, either). There's not just a lack of embarrassment, there seems to be pride in the lack of accountability on all matters, FedWorld being the least of it. For in an accountable organization -- one where the professionals are accountable to not just themselves (for that would be nice, wouldn't it) but to the lay leadership of the organization for which they work -- we would already have seen change at the top.
Marketing guru Seth Godin argues that the internet has replaced mass marketing with individual ‘tribes.’ Two articles review a new book that stresses the importance of relationship building over programming. Hillel outlines best practices for engaging young adults and creating a stronger Jewish community. Leading Jewish professionals offer one-line definitions of 'Jewish Engagement.'
• TED—Seth Godin on the Tribes We Lead
• Jewish Journal—The key to building community is social interaction, not ‘social networks’
• eJewish Philanthropy—Relational Judaism: The only experience left for Jewish community
• Hillel—The Hillel Model for Jewish Engagement
• Gina Schmeling—The zone of Jewish engagement
ALMOST EVERY ONE OF THESE ARTICLES IS OVER A YEAR OLD...THE TED TALK GOES BACK TO 2009...THE JEWISH JOURNAL ARTICLE IS FROM 2013...THE eJew ARTICLE FROM THREE MONTHS AGO...HILLEL MODEL HAS BEEN AROUND FOR YEARS...AND GINA'S ARTICLE FIRST APPEARED IN FEBRUARY 2015.
I GUESS THEY HAVE NOTHING TO REPORT TODAY WORTHWHILE!!! AMAZING. AND THEY PUT THIS OUT THERE LIKE SOMETHING NEW. SHAME ON THEM."
But, not at JFNA. Apparently, accountability is unheard of or the lay leaders are just too damn busy. Uh huh...sure.