It's hard to develop a budget when you don't know exactly what you'll be doing with the money. But without a budget, it's impossible to do anything. That's the Catch-22 the new national umbrella organization for Jewish federations (the product of the merger between the United Jewish Appeal and the Council of Jewish Federations) faces as it struggles to get off the ground.
Last year's creation of the United Jewish Communities was spurred by a desire by federations to get services delivered more efficiently and to have a greater say in national decision-making.
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