"The purpose of the Fund was to establish a fellowship that would enable a veteran CJF staff member to spend two months studying contemporaneous issues in Israel"This fellowship was intended to help fulfill Carmi's "commitment to staff development and to the Federations' Israel and overseas agenda."
Without explanation as to "why," Mark's letter went on to explain:
"Unfortunately, the fund has been dormant for many years because it has proven impractical to send seasoned JFNA staff on two-month sabbaticals."I'm pretty sure that all of us can offer reasons why the "impracticality."
And JFNA's "solution:"
"JFNA, as successor to CJF, would like to continue to use the Fund to support professional development opportunities for JFNA staff in Israel or otherwise related to its Israel and overseas activities, without requiring that the recipients be veteran staff members or spend two months studying in Israel." (emphasis added)By the time the donors received this "proposal," it had already received rubber stamp approved by JFNA's Endowment Committee and Board. It had also been blessed with Carmi's approval.
I hate to see this Fund unexpended while at the same time I would have been interested to learn, as a donor, what JFNA offered in answer to the "why?" "Why" was there no longer a process for honoring the original intent? "Why" were no options offered other than to convert the stipend to "JFNA staff in Israel (and what would they use it for?) or otherwise?" For example, why was no consideration given to offering the stipend to seasoned Federation Israeli and overseas professionals for a two month study period? What other alternatives were considered by and offered to the Endowment Committee and Carmi Schwartz?
Friends, we have lamented time and again the deconstruction of the communal profession by JFNA itself. The inability to identify eligible Fund recipients is just further evidence of this deconstruction; further evidence of constant failure.