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JTNews | September 28, 2012

JTNews | September 28, 2012

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JTNews | The Voice of Jewish Washington for September 28, 2012.
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@jew_ish • @jewishcal
connecting our local Jewish community
ibm’s dark history page 28discussing federation page 3
september 28, 2012
12 tishrei 5773
volume 88, no. 15
 An art installation — Page 10
Ketubah of Wendy hueners and Marcia Ventura, designed by claire carter. courtesy daVid Jacobson. the couple, rachel and laura: dani Weiss photography
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friday, sepTember 28, 2012
For complete details about these and other upcoming JFS events and workshops, please visit our website: www.jfsseattle.org
Fall Family Calendar
AA Meetings at JFS
 Tuesdays: 7:00 p.m.
(206) 461-3240 or ata@jsseattle.org
Kosher Food Bank Event
Pre-registration required
 Wednesday: October 35:00 – 6:30 p.m.
Jana Prothman,(206) 861-3174 or
Seattle Lesbian & Gay FilmFestival and JFS Present:
 Monday: October 157:15 p.m.
to Leonid Orlov, (206) 861-8784 orfamilylife@jfsseattle.org
Beore You Sign Up:Making Sense oMedicare & Social Security
 Tuesday: October 236:30 – 9:00 p.m.
to Leonid Orlov, (206) 861-8784 orfamilylife@jfsseattle.org
1601 16th Avenue, Seattle
(206) 461-3240 • www.jfsseattle.org
Endless Opportunities
 A community-wide program offered in partnership with Temple B’nai Torah & TempleDe Hirsch Sinai. EO events are opento the public.
EO Volunteer Activity atthe JFS Food Sort
 Sunday: September 3010:00 a.m. – Noon
to Jane Deer-Hileman, (206) 861-3155or
A Faith Based Perspective: Jewish Views on Marriage Equality
 Thursday: October 1810:30 a.m. – Noon
Take a Bow: A Documentaryo the Ingrid Clarfeld Story
 Thursday: October 2510:30 a.m. – Noon
Human Rights in Russia:Then & Now
 Tuesday: October 3010:30 a.m. – Noon
Outing to SAMElles: Women Artists rom theCentre Pompidou, Paris
 Friday: November 2
Times vary dependent upon registration
to Ellen Hendin, (206) 861-3183 or
Food Drive Food Sort
Pre-registration required
 Sunday: September 3010:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
with Jane Deer-Hileman,(206) 861-3155 or volunteer@jsseattle.org
Programs of Project DVORA (DomesticViolence Outreach, Response & Advocacy)are free of charge.
Support Group for Jewish Womenwith Controlling Partners
Location, Date and Time are strictlyconfdential
Project DVORA,
(206) 461-3240 or jackiesmith@jfsseattle.org
Kids Club
For Ages 9 –12, Begins in October
Project DVORA,
(206) 461-3240
Bringing Baby Home
 Sundays: October 7, 14 & 219:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Marjorie Schnyder at (206) 861-3146or
Positive Discipline Fall Series
Come to one, some or all o the series.
 Tuesdays: Oct. 23, 30, Nov. 6 & 139:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Marjorie Schnyder at (206) 861-3146or
 Sunday: October 71:30 – 4:30 p.m.
 Saturday: November 105:00 – 8:00 p.m.
 Sunday: December 21:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Project DVORA,
(206) 861-3186or jackiesmith@jfsseattle.org
Yoga & Jewish Ritual Workshops
friday, september 28, 2012 .
“Israel needs to be moving out of the docket of always being cast as the victimizer, having been cast as the accused, to becoming the plaintiff-claimant in the international process.”— Internationally recognized human-rights attorney Irwin Cotler, who will be speaking at the annual StandWithUs Northwest dinner. See the story on page 25.
W  JwsF?
Rabbi anson LaytneR
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Although the Jewish Federation o Greater Seattle’s new allocations modelhas broadened the breadth o benecia-ries, it also presented a dilemma: Moremouths around the table to eed but lessood — money — to oer each maw. Con-sequently, while new groups were addedinto the mix o recipients, a number o longtime beneiciary agencies such asJewish Family Service, the Stroum JewishCommunity Center and Hillel at the Uni- versity o Washington saw serious reduc-tions in their allocations. Some, such asthe Anti-Deamation League, got a tokenamount, or in the case o the AmericanJewish Committee, nothing at all.In Fiscal Year 2012, the Federationreceived 207 letters o intent. It passed 97applications on to the second round and,aer a review process, its Planning andAllocations Committee allocated a totalo $2,358,573 to 43 programs and proj-ects. Tis at a time when, according tothe JNews (“Where the money’s going,”June 8, 2012), the campaign closed at justabove $4.8 million — slightly lower thanlast year’s campaign, which itsel waslower than the 2011 Fiscal Year. (Tisalso means that the Federation will spendapproximately $2.4 million on its ownadministration and programs.)While Federation’s proessional andlay leaders express condence in the new allocations model and hope or increaseddonations in the coming year, the appar-ently abrupt resignations o two key Fed-eration leaders — CEO Richard Fruchterand vice president or planning and com-munity services Amy Wasser-Simpson —suggests that the situation is other thanrosy.Even prior to the economic down-turn, Federation’s annual campaign was,at best, at, and in recent years it has beenin decline. Add to this an organizationalculture that is seriously awed. Ever sinceMurray Schi was compelled to retire inthe mid-1980s, the Federation leadershiphas chewed its way through our executivedirectors. Tis suggests an organization inserious trouble.Tat two o its top proessional lead-ers have resigned almost simultaneously — even i or personal reasons — begsthe question: I the Federation has beenin organizational crisis or many years,perhaps the ault is not solely that o itsproessionals and they alone should notbear the brunt o the blame? Althoughthe buck does stop with the proessionalsta, perhaps some o the lay leadership o the Federation ought to consider resign-ing as well.Right now the Federation has anotherinterim director and a search committeeo lay leaders has begun its work. Unortu-nately, some o the same people who, thebest o intentions notwithstanding, havehelped bring the Federation to its currentpoint o crisis also have been appointed aspart o the team to recruit a new CEO. Tismay ensure continuity, but it also meansit is highly likely that the new CEO willcontinue leading the organization down atroubled path. Without a radical change o direction, history is bound to repeat itsel.Perhaps something even more radical iscalled or to remedy this situation.Te Federation stands at a crossroads.I its leadership chooses, it can behave likeany other non-prot organization andcontinue down the path o sel-perpetua-tion without signicant change in direc-tion. Tat is its prerogative, and there is noreason why it cannot become yet one moreJewish non-prot like all the others. Butthe Federation has always claimed to bethe Jewish community’s central address,which means that it sees itsel as actingon our behal. I this is so, then the Fed-eration owes it to its general constituents— the Jewish community — to engage usin a rank discussion about its vision andmission.Tere was a time, between the end o World War II through the period o Sovietand Ethiopian aliyah to Israel, that theFederation concept resonated and workedwell. In more recent years, and not justin Seattle, Federations have struggled tomaintain a sense o purpose. Many, ourown included, sought to bolster domes-tic allocations and spending on their ownprograms when the needs o Israel andworld Jewry were less urgent.Speaking personally, I think we needto re-orm the Federation. Te Federationdoes some wonderul work and this needsto continue, but there are so many accre-tions to its original mission that, like bar-nacles, they weigh down and could evensink the Federation vessel. Furthermore,since almost every Jewish organizationtoday has its own undraising department,
W  Jws Flks lk y 
“Whither the Jewish Federation” raisesseveral critically complex questions andoers insightul inquiry. But it hasn’t been“business as usual” at the Federation —quite the contrary. A closer look reveals aninstitution where tectonic shis are trans-orming how we do business. It highlightsthe dilemma between continuing nan-cial support or established, legacy orga-nizations while at the same time seedinginnovation and growth among our newestcommunity organizations.Indeed, we
at a crossroads. Te Fed-eration
undergoing signicant changes.Tese changes are reected in the prior-ities and requests or support rom new organizations and increased participationby a broad range o community mem-bers. Complementing this new energy is anactive board, among whose members morethan hal are new within the past ve years.he Jewish Federation o GreaterSeattle has transormed itsel into a vibrant, orward-looking organization.We abandoned an antiquated unding andundraising model with isolated decision-making that prevented broad community involvement and creativity. Tis modelworked in the 1980s but today we are revi-talized and committed to a new democ-racy o ideas. Driving this transormationover the past three years were nearly 150community stakeholders who participatedin goal setting, community-wide orums,and town halls. Along with Federationproessional and lay leaders, it was thesecommunity members who identied com-munity goals, determined unding priori-ties, and evaluated unding requests.Trough this process the Federationcollaborated with more segments o thecommunity than ever beore. It is uncer-tain how the state o the economy willaect undraising, but what is certain isthat we have new leadership, creativity onthe ground, new voices being heard, andinnovation being unded. History is notrepeating itsel at Seattle Federation —we respectully disagree. Te signicantchange demanded by our diverse commu-nity has arrived.Our new unding model is designed tooster creativity and innovation, withoutbeing burdened by historical allocationsto a limited number o beneciary orga-nizations. We have responded to donors’desire or choice and have added valuelike never beore. Donors now have assur-ance that their gis will go to support theirpassions, including organizations thatpreviously were not beneciaries o thecommunity campaign.We are not going backwards to the“basics” o an old model. In the new democracy o ideas, what matters isthe quality o ideas and how they osterdynamic expressions o Jewish lie. Goneare the days when unds owed accord-ing to legacy budgets or the inuence o asubset o the community. Trough ongo-ing and continuous sel-examination, theFederation has streamlined its operationsand mission, reduced overhead, and elim-inated programs not central to its mission.Tere is already momentum or change.We are ortunate that interim CEO Nancy Greer and executive vice president DavidChivo provide exceptional managerial,strategic, and operational talent at thehelm. New thinking expands beyond theunding model itsel as we explore addi-tional approaches to stimulate innovationsin Seattle’s Jewish communal lie.With any new course there are risksand ears. It is understandable that somein our community are concerned aboutthe uture. Nevertheless, the Jewish Fed-eration o Greater Seattle is taking someo the boldest and most innovative stepsin the nation to respond to the new Jewishphilanthropic landscape. Although someresults will quickly surace, it will taketime to observe the ull impact.As Victor Frankl wrote, “When we areno longer able to change a situation — weare challenged to change ourselves.”We invite you to join us in challeng-ing ourselves; let us know what
arepassionate about — volunteerchallenge@ jewishinseattle.org.
The executive committee of the JewishFederation of Greater Seattle:Carl BiancoDave EllenhornRon LeibsohnCelie BrownDavid Stiefel Shelley BensussenCorey Salka Jerry AnchesSteve LoebDan LowenNaomi NewmanZane Brown Jr.
JTNews hopes the points brought up in both of these columns inspire discussion and action. We encourage ourcommunity to write letters regarding the issue, which we will print in future issues of JTNews. You mayaddress your letters to editor@jtnews.net.
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