Assessing the community’s global needs and allocations in a new era of giving.
David Butler became chairman last November of the Global Planning Table committee of the Jewish Federation of North America. It was created last fall to allow the North American Jewish community to collectively assess how its 150 federations and partners can most efficiently spend the money they raise.
GA debates inclusivity, federations’ relationship to Israel, overseas funding at annual meeting of JFNA.
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Denver — In one of the most innovative sessions at this week’s 80th annual General Assembly (GA) of the North American Jewish federations, the biggest annual meeting on the communal calendar, two actors presented a 25-minute play exploring the practical challenges of what it means to have a “big tent” Jewish community, trying to be inclusive while maintaining loyalty to valued beliefs.
At Denver GA, talking about connectivity and the lack of star power.
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Denver — If there was one message that the Jewish Federations of North America was trying to promote at this year’s General Assembly conference here, it was connectivity.
Tweets from the conference were broadcast on large screens outside the main ballroom, sessions were organized by Jewish groups across the country rather than by the federations’ hierarchy, late-night salons were held to deconstruct those sessions and the conference’s tagline was “The original Jewish social network.”
At the GA, concern over decline in givers dwarfs recession woes.
New Orleans — After three days of schmoozing, sessions and feel-good speeches, the 4,000 or so Jewish federation officials who came to the annual General Assembly may have left New Orleans feeling invigorated.
The view expressed by many top officials was that after two years of a tough recession, the worst is over.