This paper suggests an alternative metaphor for understanding the organization of the American Jewish community. Drawing upon contemporary organizational theory, the author recommends that we view the Jewish community as a network organization that achieves its focused mission through dynamic relationships and not through hierarchical structures. He illustrates how this metaphor might help to engage more Jewish individuals more deeply in the life of the Jewish community by giving institutional leadership a new organizational framework for developing policies and programs.
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Herring, Hayim. Network Judaism: A Fresh Look at the Organization of the American Jewish Community. Jewish Networking: Linking People, Institutions, Community. Susan and David Wilstein Institute of Jewish Policy Studies (University of Judaism). 2001: