In response to our Post, Too True, we received some very insightful Comments -- here are two excellent ones -- ones with which I wholeheartedly agree. The totally unnecessary emasculation of UIA appealed to the Kool-Aid drinkers. Bless 'em:
* "restructure" and "integrate" UIA's work - exert total control with no further lay interference!*
Getting rid of UIA will do nothing to solve JFNA's problems or to relieve budgetary pressure. Its functions would have to be created if they didn't already exist. The whole thought is a mere tactical attempt to distract us from the real issues and the real problems of the organization.UIA operates efficiently and with serious and passionate involvement of true lay leadership.Leave it alone so that it can continue its good work and start fixing what is obviously truly broken." Anonymous said... So, despite some refreshing but "manageable" opposition, they have gotten consent to lay the groundwork for the following:
* "reaffirm" commitment to advocacy for the Israel and overseas agenda (less so for our "partners") - really?
* kill UIA as we have known it for over 90 years, including "retirement" of 25 dedicated UIA lay leaders (even more if we include the Advisory Committee) and totally controlling at least 4 of the 7 board members left - no outside lay advice needed - get out of our way!
* close down and get out of the Israel missions business - there are more popular global targets for missions anyway
* get JAFI out of JFNA - let them take care of their own affairs!
* let the I&O Global Operations Office in Jerusalem continue to run rampant supporting and promoting "boutique philanthropy" by bypassing our traditional partners whenever possible and even competing with them by duplicating efforts in areas where our 3 traditional partners have much more experience, knowledge and capacity.
*This will be a serious setback for our overseas partners, for Israel and for our ailing organization which has just decided to make things worse.
* Lets hope that things can be fixed, probably by creating alternative operational vehicles and coalitions outside of our suicidal current organizational framework."
As bad as this decision was, as bad as the Report that led to it was, things are even worse than even I imagined. More on that in the days ahead.