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Publication Date: January 1986

Publisher(s): Conference of Jewish Communal Service (U.S.)

Author(s): Morris Stein

Series: Journal of Jewish Communal Service, 63:1

Special Collection: Berman Jewish Policy Archive

Topic: Social conditions (Volunteerism)

Keywords: American Jews, Volunteerism, Leadership

Type: Report

Coverage: United States


In the Federation, perhaps more than in any other communal agency, the development of consensus is of major importance. The use of processes that ensure the participation of the widest possible group of citizens is vital. Ours is a volunteer movement and cannot be operated in the same decision making mode as a business, whether that be the corner grocery store or General Motors. That may make Federations inefficient but that's what makes them effective.