Work in Progress: UJA-Federation's Role in Israel Moving Forward

By Alisa Rubin Kurshan

Jewish Communal Service Association of North America (JCSA), Winter 2010

In Fall 2007, John Ruskay delivered a talk to the UJA-Federation of New York Board of Directors that delineated three long-term challenges that he believed were significant and needed attention. The first challenge was the role of North American philanthropy in Israel. He and the president of UJA-Federation asked me to prepare a working paper that could serve as the basis for a high-level discussion of this issue. My team and I devoted significant time thinking, consulting (internally and externally), and preparing the working paper, which is presented here. This draft is now being discussed with a high-level volunteer and professional group at UJA-Federation. For several reasons, it is offered here as a reflection of UJA-Federation's commitment to tackle this most difficult long-term strategic challenge: 1. The vision set forth in John Ruskay's speech in 1999 has proven as relevant to Israel as to New York. 2. In recognition of the changed Israeli context, there is a need to push and challenge for greater clarity regarding the role we ought to play in Israel. 3. Continuous long-term strategic thinking on the role of North American Jewish philanthropy in Israel is greatly needed. This article is intended to stimulate others to join in this important discussion.

Topic: Diaspora Relations, Philanthropy and Fundraising, Development, Jewish Federations, Israel-Diaspora Relations, Communal Responsibility, Fundraising and Philanthropy, Unity

Name of Publication: Journal of Jewish Communal Service

Editor: Naron Chalew, Gail

Volume/Issue: Vol.85/No.1

Page Number(s): 112-116

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Genre: Article

Coverage: Israel , New York, New York , United States

Language: English

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Bibliographic Information:
Rubin Kurshan, Alisa. Work in Progress: UJA-Federation's Role in Israel Moving Forward. Journal of Jewish Communal Service. Jewish Communal Service Association of North America (JCSA). Winter 2010: 112-116.


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