An independent analysis of United Jewish Communities’ first five years of existence, authored by two experts in American Jewish organizations, finds serious problems with the ways the umbrella and headquarters agency for 153 local Jewish federations does business. The report, titled “Predictability to Chaos? How Jewish Leaders Reinvented Their National Communal System,” includes a list of provocative recommendations intended to improve — some might say fix — one of the largest philanthropic networks in the United States.
From deep in the political wilderness, from the “bluest” fringe of America, Rabbi Michael Lerner this week saw the writing on the wall.
“We have a tough fight in front of us” to influence American politics while being outside of many positions of power, Rabbi Lerner, editor of the San Francisco-based Tikkun magazine, told The Jewish Week.