Moving from Begging to Scouting: A Case Study in Building Volunteer Culture

By Elie Kaunfer

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

Volunteer-led communities are often messy, complex enterprises. There is no carrot of salary to motivate people, and they rely almost entirely on culture to accomplish their goals. When there is a reigning culture of lethargy or incompetence, it is hard to move anything forward. But if there is a healthy culture in place, volunteering can bring communities to new heights. In this article I analyze some of the aspects of volunteering at Kehilat Hadar, an independent minyan I co-founded 10 years ago. Serving as a case study, Hadar offers larger lessons for building a successful volunteer culture.

Topic: Non-Professional Leadership, Policy, Empowerment, Engagement, Lay Leadership, Prayer Communities, Volunteerism, Community Building

Name of Publication: Journal of Jewish Communal Service

Editor: Naron Chalew, Gail

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

Page Number(s): 118-121

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Genre: Article

Coverage: New York, New York , United States

Language: English

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Bibliographic Information:
Kaunfer, Elie. Moving from Begging to Scouting: A Case Study in Building Volunteer Culture. Journal of Jewish Communal Service. Jewish Communal Service Association of North America (JCSA). Spring 2011: 118-121. http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=13786


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