In sharp contrast to the ostrich-like approach to...well, everything actually...JFNA's leaders have been put to shame by the young men and women of BBYO. ejewishphilanthropy wrote about these leaders in http://ejewishphilanthropy.com/bbyos-conventions-delicate-balancing-act-on-the-refugee-debate/. Clearly there is much, so much, to be learned from them.
First, let's note that the discussion arose out of a plenary session of BBYO's International Convention that brought together between 4,000 and 5,000 leaders Dallas over Presidents Day weekend. For JFNA, whose leaders somehow still believe a GA that brings out less than 700 lay leaders annually remains viable, that in itself should be something to ponder. (Note to Richard Sandler who thinks that GAs have been gaining strength these last few years: ponder, please.)
So, the young leaders of BBYO can engage in healthy "civil" debate on an historic value proposition -- a discussion held among 4,000+ -- and JFNA's leaders are so distrustful of...well, themselves...that they won't even tolerate such a discourse among 70 Board members at a Trustees meeting? Who decides these things? Nobody? They just happen?
Let's understand one thing -- JFNA's Board meetings are rote -- so desultory as to be soporific. A little excitement might prove to be energizing. Why not try it?