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November 15, 1991 - Image 58

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1991-11-15

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NEWS

Pite-Hatiday

At A Crossroads
For Federations' G.A.

SALE

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Special to The Jewish News

T

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FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 15, 1991

OPERATING THE NEW

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SERVICE

hat North American
Jewry is at a cross-
roads is incontroverti-
ble. Survey after survey has
confirmed what many al-
ready knew in their gut to be
true:
• Intermarriage rates con-
tinue to rise and spousal
conversions to Judaism are
on the decline.
• Jewish religious identi-
ty now takes a back seat to
an uncertain ethnic-cultural
allegiance.
• Loyalty to Israel is less
assured as a new generation
lacking direct emotional ties
to the founding of the Jewish
state and the Holocaust
gradually becomes the
majority.
• Jewish literacy levels
are woefully inadequate,
raising questions about
future memory — not to
mention understanding — of
a paradigm from the past
that served to infuse genera-
tion after generation with
the beliefs and values that
defined the Jew.
These changes, as every
Jewish communal profes-
sional and involved layman
knows, have led to a steady
erosion in meaningful com-
munity affiliation and the
sense of shared destiny that,
in years past, allowed
American Jewry to organize
and take care of itself to a
degree envied by other re-
ligious and ethnic groups.
It has become no exaggera-
tion to say that the entire
system of voluntary associ-
ation that is the hallmark of
contemporary American
Jewish life is in danger of
collapse. New approaches
are needed, and they are
needed now if communal in-
volvement is to remain rel-
evant for the majority of
American Jews.
"We need to find new
technologies to motivate
people to be part of the
system," said Martin S.
Kraar, executive vice presi-
dent of the Council of Jewish
Federations. "We cannot af-
ford to sit around worrying
any longer."
When it comes to Jewish
organizational dynamism,
the undisputed leader is the
Jewish federation system,
189 wholly independent
associations established in
every community with a
sizable Jewish population

and loosely united under the
umbrella of the New York-
based Council of Jewish
Federations (CJF).
Concensus-oriented, fed-
erations have largely
managed to transcend intra-
Jewish religious and polit-
ical differences for the
greater good of raising the
vast amounts of money —
more than $1 billion so far
this year alone — needed to
meet the community's
myriad educational and so-
cial service needs, while also
serving as collection points
for monies destined for
Israel and other overseas
Jewish communities.
But because of their grand
scope, it is the federations —
whose fund-raising efforts

"The risk of the
federation system
falling apart is
there."

Charles H. Goodman

serve as a bellwether of the
community's general health
and cohesiveness — that are
also most challenged by the
changed nature of American
Jewish life.
Moreover, this challenge
comes at a time of un-
precedented financial de-
mand stemming, in large
part, from Israel's attempt to
absorb hundreds of
thousands of Soviet Jews. It
is complicated even further
by the lingering recession.
"We're talking about
needing astronomical
sums," said CJF President
Charles H. G000dman of
Chicago. "This is particular-
ly so when you consider that
we're talking about a federa-
tion system-that is based on
voluntary giving.
"The needs of the Jewish
people just continue to grow,
putting pressure on the en-
tire federation system. The
crisis is very unique, and it's
hard to see its end.
"The risk of the federation
system falling apart is there
if local federations decide to
go off on their own in search
of new funding."
Mega-challenges like those
facing the federation move-
ment require a mega-
response. For American
Jewry, the mega-event at
which this response is most
hashed-out is the CJF's an-
nual General Assembly, a
sort of American Jewry town

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