We have come to grips with the fact that we are but mushrooms here at UJC. Leadership has made sure that all of us (that would include most of you) are, apparently, on a "need to know" basis. UJC "leadership" will decide what we "need to know," ya' know, and that ain't much!!
Through our grapevine, we have learned that at its 6 or 7 hour Board meeting in Newport Beach, the few Board members who were there (and there were very, very few laypersons) heard reports including those on two massive Supplemental Campaigns that this leadership plans. How did we learn this? As most of you did, we guess -- through press releases and Howard's View. So, we guess that this means these "plans," approved by no one outside of UJC's leaders, will be implemented as if they had unanimous federation support.
We had hoped that Federation programs reflecting the challenges our communities face in these hard times might have been the subject of discussion. Like, Detroit's generous assistance to Jewish homeowners victimized by the subprime loans they took out. But, we only read about that in the Jewish press. We thought we might learn more about Chicago's creative plans to offer a significant "new-born gift" to each family registering a baby for a Jewish pre-school. But, apparently, not enough of a "big idea" to merit discussion. And so on, and so on it goes.
Isn't this crazy? Whose organization is UJC? Is it the "property" of its leaders or of the federations? You decide. Or they will.