The Imperative of Collaboration: Partnering Together in Tough Times

By Sally Weber, Michelle K. Wolf

Jewish Communal Service Association of North America (JCSA), Fall 2009

Collaboration among Jewish organizations can increase the reach and effect of each partner organization, especially in the current period of economic distress. The authors describe such a collaboration in Los Angeles called HaMercaz-the Center for Jewish Families of Children with Developmental Disabilities and Special Needs. Seven service agencies meet regularly to make personal referrals, discuss outreach and programmatic initiatives, and to self-evaluate. While logistical details such as bookkeeping, accounting, and overhead continue to be a challenge, the cooperation between these agencies has made "one stop shopping" for families of children with special needs a real option in Los Angeles, demonstrating the potential achievements when organizations work together.

(This double issue of the Journal of Jewish Communal Service is dedicated to SJCS, the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion's School of Jewish Communal Service).

Topic: Organizational Development, Youth, Disability and Special Needs, Jewish Organizations, Partnerships

Name of Publication: Journal of Jewish Communal Service

Editor: Naron, Gail

Volume/Issue: Vol. 84/No. 3/4

Page Number(s): 292-301

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Genre: Article

Coverage: Los Angeles, California

Language: English

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Bibliographic Information:
Weber, Sally. Wolf, Michelle K. The Imperative of Collaboration: Partnering Together in Tough Times. Journal of Jewish Communal Service. Jewish Communal Service Association of North America (JCSA). Fall 2009: 292-301. http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=4440


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