The Blog has generated many sincere Comments. Many of you have welcomed us and our Posts and have responded with your own concerns, experiences and, where we may have shed heat, have shined a light. Others, who find the Blog distasteful, intrusive or destructive, have responded to it in kind, in effect, shooting the unknown messenger. To those who believe they can speak for the entirety of the "Next Generation," you make us fear for our future -- both within Jewish communal life and outside of it. To those of you who believe that "all is well" at UJC, we would certainly not deny you your opinion even as we question your grasp on the reality of our situation here or of UJC's relevance to your communties.
In response to a recent Blog, we received a Comment (and a later response) in which a correspondent first attacked us and, then, in a further fit of pique, attacked one who responded politely to him/her. That purported "representative" of the "Next Gen" (and, we seriously doubt that that writer is any younger than we) has an option available: stop reading this Blog. Why spoil your day reading anything that might enrage you to the kind of apoplexy exemplified by your Comments?
We have noticed that, in the main, those who support our Posts have published thoughtful, often provocative, Comments; and those who oppose the publication of this Blog can't contain their anger and rage...toward us. We don't believe we have expressed anger (except as to how UJC professionals have been forced out of their jobs after years of service -- facts to which those most angry with us dismiss by their silence), certainly not rage, only disappointment and frustration with the very matters and the means of their implementation some of our correspondents, sadly, applaud. ("Bringing concept papers to the Board for discussion before implementation" is viewed as "hard fought progress." Wow!!)
We have no monopoly on truth, we just haven't gulped down the UJC Kool-Aid to find ours.