Let My People Innovate: A Model for Change in Federations

By Alan Cohen, Alisa Rubin Kurshan

Jewish Communal Service Association of North America (JCSA), Spring 2011

Much has been written for the past few years about innovation. The debate has been about inside vs. outside, private vs. public philanthropy, large vs. small, old vs. new. We thought it would be useful to draw on the experiences we have had working at UJA-Federation of New York as we have tried to renew, strengthen, and reimagine Jewish life. In the past UJA-Federation has sometimes been seen as an institution buttressing the status quo. Yet for the past decade, it has sought to increase the number of people and organizations that are developing innovative responses to the complex challenges we as a community face, including a mix of individual social entrepreneurs, start-ups, mezzanine-level organizations, and long-standing institutions. As the Jewish community seeks change, it needs to skip questions about whether one type of organization is better at delivering innovation than another. Instead, we should focus on what is required to bring about the kind of innovation that could lead to transformed Jewish communities.

Topic: Innovation, Organizational Development, Jewish Federations, Organizational Philosophy, Partnerships

Name of Publication: Journal of Jewish Communal Service

Editor: Naron Chalew, Gail

Volume/Issue: Vol.86/No.1/2

Page Number(s): 83-86

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Genre: Article

Coverage: New York, New York , United States

Language: English

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Bibliographic Information:
Cohen, Alan. Kurshan, Alisa Rubin. Let My People Innovate: A Model for Change in Federations. Journal of Jewish Communal Service. Jewish Communal Service Association of North America (JCSA). Spring 2011: 83-86. http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=13791


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