Leadership on a World Stage

By Steve Schwager

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

Where do the borders of Jewish community begin and end? Is a Jewish New Yorker responsible for the well-being of overseas Jewish communities? Is a New York Jew responsible for the development of Israel? Only a decade ago, these were rhetorical questions with predictable answers. American Jews - New Yorkers foremost among them - were instinctive and generous partners in building up Israel, rescuing Jews in distress, or standing up for Jewish rights. Today, the "who is responsible?" question has resurfaced on federation boardroom tables across the United States, but there is no longer a consensus on the answer. Even if mutual Jewish responsibility is the premise of federation existence, each generation of federation leadership must reinterpret this value and show that collective giving is a valuable channel for tzedakah. The answer to "who is responsible?" comes from a timeless source - our Jewish values.

Topic: Jewish Federations, Communal Responsibility, Leadership, Values, Global Responsibility

Name of Publication: Journal of Jewish Communal Service

Editor: Naron Chalew, Gail

Volume/Issue: Vol.85/No.1

Page Number(s): 162-164

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Genre: Article

Coverage: New York, New York , United States , World

Language: English

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Schwager, Steve. Leadership on a World Stage. Journal of Jewish Communal Service. Jewish Communal Service Association of North America (JCSA). Winter 2010: 162-164. http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=8127


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