At the dawn of the 1970s, the Jewish communal service funding landscape is in the midst of change. While United Fund donations continue to rise, their allocation has become misdirected, often diverted into addressing the urban crisis inefficiently. Of course, the Jewish community accepts the responsibility of caring for all impoverished Americans, but the author asserts that more focus must be given to particular Jewish concerns. It is the Jewish ethical and religious history that has created a people of caregivers, and nurturing this tradition is the only way to keep it alive. The author recommends a more careful selection of agency board members, a reinvigoration of commitment to Jewish values, and an enthusiastic embrace of new fundraising priorities suggested by business leaders in the Jewish community.
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Zeff, David. The Jewish Family Agency, the Jewish Federation and the United Fund: Problems, Omens and Opportunities. Journal of Jewish Communal Service. Jewish Communal Service Association of North America (JCSA),National Conference of Jewish Communal Service. Spring 1970: