UJA-Federation of New York and the Russian Jewish Community: A Dialogue Shift from Paternalism to Opportunity

By Anna Rachmansky, Gene Rachmansky

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

The authors discuss the issue of how only a relatively small portion of Russian-speaking Jews (RSJ) living in Jewish communities throughout the world affiliate with the organized Jewish world. They ask: what are the implications of this trend for Jewish federations and institutions across the globe? And how can we best harness and cultivate the talent of this cohort to serve and inspire and be enriched by the Jewish community? At its heart this is as much a Jewish issue as it is a Russian Jewish issue - and one uniquely placed in a globalized, multiple-identity world. Faced with the challenges of cynicism and criticism, we need to realize there is no magic bullet, but only hard work, which sometimes requires painful dialogue in the form of blunt honesty, some risk, and a commitment of resources. Over the last ten years, although not alone in recognizing the opportunity of reaching out to the RSJ population, UJA-Federation of New York has been at the forefront of this work.

Topic: Jewish Federations, Language, Former Soviet Union (FSU), Russian Jews, Communal Responsibility, Engagement, Cultural Sensitivity, Affiliation

Name of Publication: Journal of Jewish Communal Service

Editor: Naron Chalew, Gail

Volume/Issue: Vol.85/No.1

Page Number(s): 104-107

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Genre: Article

Coverage: New York, New York , United States

Language: English

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Rachmansky, Anna. Rachmansky, Gene. UJA-Federation of New York and the Russian Jewish Community: A Dialogue Shift from Paternalism to Opportunity. Journal of Jewish Communal Service. Jewish Communal Service Association of North America (JCSA). Winter 2010: 104-107. http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=8133


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