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HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, FEBRUARY 27, 2009 Federation leaders approve reforms By Jacob Berkman NEW YORK--In a series of high-level closed-door meet- ings in Florida, leaders of the Jewish federation system adopted several recommenda- tions for streamlining opera- tions and refining its overall mission--and also appeared to diffuse apotentially divisive debate regarding overseas funding. About 200 lay and profes- sional leaders from Jewish federations across the country met two weeks ago in Palm Beach to discuss how to change the workings of the system's North American or- ganization, the United Jewish Communities. At the meetings, dubbed the Federation Leadership Institute, participants ad- opted a proposal calling for new mission and vision state- ments clearly outlining the UJC's roles and urging the organization to pursue major initiatives, or "big ideas," for the federation system. Partici- pants also approved a revised set of governance guidelines, along with a plan to continue exploring more effective ways to run the UJC. "In the current economic crisis, and in the ever-evolv- ing Jewish philanthropy world, UJC needed to address several challenges, and we have accomplished that at the Federation Leadership Institute," Joe Kanfer, chair of the UJC's board of trustees, said in a statement after the meetings. "The key strate- gic decisions we've made strongly position UJC and its member federations for the future." Participants at the meeting also opened the door to pos- sibly re-jiggering the way that the federation system spends its money overseas. Nearly every federation in the system now gives a prede- termined figure to the UJC to divvy up among the system's two overseas partners, the Jewish Agency for Israel and the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee. The two organizations use the UJC money to cover their core operating budgets. In addition, many federa- tions also make supplemental contributions to the Jewish Agency and the JDC, as well as other overseas nongov- ernmental organizations, for specific projects. Participants at the Florida meetings suggested that the federations and the UJC create a global planning table to ex- plore how to better coordinate the supplemental giving for the entire federation system. Under the proposal, the exist- ing joint pool of federation money would still be used exclusively for covering the core operating costs of the Jewish Agency and the JDC, but the joint supplementary stream could be used to sup- port projects run by other organizations. In recent years, several major federations, including those in Boston, Philadel- phia, Los Angeles and San Francisco, have altered the way they give money to the Jewish Agency and the JDC, allocating more for supple- mental projects and less for core operating expense. A few federations have ended core support. The original drafts of the various proposals were re- leased to participants before the Feb. 8-10 meetings, with the proposal for an overseas planning table setting off a maelstrom of debate. Richard Pearlstone, the chairman of the board of gov- ernors of the Jewish Agency, sent a letter to Kanfer; the chairwoman of the UJC's overseas committee, Kathy Manning; and the UJC's top professional, Howard Rieger, claiming that the UJC wanted to siphon money from the Jewish Agency and the JDC in their time of need as the deteriorating global economy is forcing both agencies to cut their budgets. Kanfer, Rieger and Man- ning responded with their own letter to Pearlstone, saying that he was wrong to assume that the UJC was looking to abandon the Jewish Agency and JDC. At the same time, the UJC leaders said that the federation system would have to evolve over time. Overseas funding has long been a point of contention in the federation system. Some large federations insist that every dollar allocated for core budgets should still go exclu- sively to the Jewish Agency and the JDC, but other federa- tions believe that those two agencies would benefit from an open process that would force them to streamline in order to compete for money with other NGOs. The vigorous debate before the meetings--which includ- ed the president and CEO of the JUF-Jewish Federation of Chicago, Steven Nasatir, vow- ing to leave the UJC should a plan be adopted that allowed for giving core dollars to orga- nizations other than the two historic overseas partners-- was based on concern that UJC leaders were suggesting that the federation system move to an open system. But after the meetings, UJC and federation leaders said the debate was based largely on a misunderstanding by Pearl- stone and miscommunication by the UJC. "Some people somehow saw the straw models, seeing the food before it was put on the plate, and jumped to conclu- sions that were off by 99 to 100 percent," Kanfer told JTA. Participants reached a con- sensus at the meetings, which were open only to federation officials and not representa- tives of the overseas partners. According to those close to the process, the proposed planning table would op- erate differently than the failed process, known by the acronym ONAD, that was used for a few years to decide overseas allocations by ask- ing the Jewish Agency and the JDC to make their cases for money every year. The planning table would consist only of federation leaders, who would decide together what are the needs and priorities of the system and then ask the overseas agencies to carry out those needs--in some cases reaching out to additional organizations. "The fundamental rela- tionship between the Jewish Agency and the Joint on core allocation is what it is today and should be for the foresee- able future," Steve Hoffman, the president and CEO of the Jewish Community Fed- eration of Cleveland, told JTA after the meetings. But, he added, it would benefit the federation system to open up the supplemental Reforms on page 15A OB .AR ES MARCIA RAE BAILEY Marcia Rae Bailey of Heath- row, Fla., died Monday, Feb. 16, 2009. She was 66 years old. Mrs. Bailey was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., on April 14, 1942 to Sylvia Simon and the late Israel Rabinowitz. A graduate of Brooklyn Col- lege with a master's degree in elementary education, she taught in the New York school system for 15 years. In 1979 Mrs. Bailey and her family moved to the Orlando area, where she began teaching in the Seminole County school system. She was a second grade teacher at Longwood Elementary School for the last 25 years. She was predeceased by her first husband, Paul David Switzer, in 1985. Mrs. Bailey is survived by her husband of 20 years, William (Bill) of Heathrow; her mother, Sylvia Rabinowitz of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; sons Adam (Eunsook) Switzer of San Ramon, Calif., William Bailey of Eustis, Fla., and Norman Bailey of Middletown, R.I.; daughter Madeline Bailey of Orlando, Fla.; sister Susan Segal of Las Vegas, Nev.; and six grandchildren. Memorial services for Mrs. Bailey were held on Wednes- day, Feb. 18 at 10:30 a.m. at Beth Shalom Memorial Cha- pel with Rabbi Arnold Siegel officiating. Donations in memory of Marcia Rae Bailey may be made to Jewish Family Ser- vices, 2100 Lee Road, Winter Park, FL 32789. Services were entrusted to Beth Shalom Memorial Chapel, Orlando. IRWIN D. GLENER Irwin D. Glener of Cassel- berry, Fla., died on Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2009. He was 77 years old. Mr. Glener was born on Aug. 3, 1931, in the Bronx, N.Y., to Charles Paul and Frances (Weissberg) Glener. He served in the U.S. army during the occupation of Germany from 1948 to 1952. Mr. Glener worked for the Olivetti Corp. for 25 years, rising from sales- man to vice-president. He was married to the former Naomi "Norma" Findling for 53 years. She predeceased him in 2005. In 1987 the family moved from Queens, N.Y., to the Orlando area and for the last 12 years, Mr. Glener was employed by Publix in Butler Plaza. Mr. Glener is survived by his son, Peter (Margaret) of Casselberry; daughter Adri- enne (Douglas) Langdon, of Longwood, Fla.; seven grand- I chddren and three great- grandchildren. In addition to his late wife, he as predeceased by his sisters, Sylvia and Irma. Burial was at Florida Na- tional Cemetery, Bushnell, with Rabbi Sholom B. Dubov officiating. Donations in memory of Mr. Glener may be made to Con- gregation Ahavas Yisrael, 708 Lake Howell Road, Maitland, FL 32810. Services were entrusted to Beth Shalom Memorial Chapel, Orlando. PAUL KERN Paul Kern of Sanford, Fla., died on Saturday, Feb. 14, 2009 of heart failure. He was 95 years old. Mr. Kern was born in New- ark, N.J., on May 29, 1913 to Louis Cohen & Marcia Press. He was the last surviving member of his family of five brothers and one sister. Mr. Kern married Frances Abro- mowitz on Jan. 5, 1936 in his hometown of Newark, N.J., and friends and family say he was a devoted husband. The couple recently celebrated their 73rd wedding anniver- sary. After Newark, the family settled in several other New Jersey towns including Hill- side and Long Branch. Follow- ing retirement from a career in business and real estate de- velopment, the Kerns moved to South Florida in 1976 and then to the Orlando area in 2006. Those close to him said he was a lover of sports and politics, was an avid reader and enjoyed debating many issues of the day. Mr. Kern is survived by his wife Frances, sons Dr. Eugene Kern of West Palm Beach, Fla., and Marshall Kern and his wife Stella of Toms River, N.J.; daughterVicky Countess and her husband Ken of Long- wood, Fla.; five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Donations in memory of Mr. Kern may be made in his name to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Donor Services, P.O. Box4072, Pittsfield, MA 01202 and American Macular De- generation Foundation, P.O. Box 515, Northampton, MA 01061-0515. BARBARA MASCIA- ROSENBLUM Barbara Mascia-Rosen- blum of Altamonte springs, Fla., died on Saturday, Fe 14, 2009. She was 53 years old. Ms. Mascia-Rosenblumwas born in New York City, N.Y., on April 27, 1955. She worked as a paralegal. She was predeceased by her husband, Saul (Carl) Rosenblum in 2005 and is survived by her son, Lucas of Altamonte Springs. Graveside services were held at Congregation Ohev Shalom Cemetery on Mon- day, Feb. 23 with Rabbi Rick Sherwin officiating. Donations in memory of Ms. Mascia-Rosenblum may be made to the Lucas Rosenblum College Fund in care of Beth Shalom Memorial Chapel. Services were entrusted to Beth Shalom Memorial Chapel, Orlando. PAGE 7. Central Florida Synagogue Service Schedule and Directory Celebration Jewish Congregation (R), Services and Holiday schedules shown at www.JewishCelebration.org; 407-566-9792. Chabad of South Orlando (O), 7504 Universal Blvd., Orlando, 407-354- 3660; Shabbat Services Friday 7 p.m. and Saturday 9:30 a.m. Monday and Thursday 8 a.m. CongregationAhavasYisrael/Chabad (0), 708 Lake HowellRd.,Maitland, 407-644-2500; Services: Sunday, 8 a.m., Mon-Fri, 7:30 a.m., Fri 6:30 p.m., Sat. 9 a.m. Family Service 4th Friday of the month. Congregation Bet Chaim (R), 426 Lakeport Cove, Casselberry, 407-830- 7211; Shabbat service, 7:30 p.m. on third Friday of the Month. Congregation Beth Am (C), 3899 Sand Lake Road, Longwood, 407-862- 3505; Shabbat service, 8:00 p.m. (7 p.m. on Fourth Friday of the month); Saturday: 10 a.m. Congregation Beth El(C), 2185 MeadowlaneAve., WestMelboume, 321-779- 0740; Services, 8 p.m. 1st & 3rd Fridays; 9:30 a.m. 2nd & 4th Saturdays. Congregation Beth Emeth (R), 2205 Blue Sapphire Circle, Orlando, 407- 855-0772; Services once a month, 8 p.m. Congregation Beth Sbolom (C), 315 North 13th St., Leesburg, 352-326-3692 or 352-787-1999; Services on second Friday at 7 p.m. and last Saturday at 10 a.m. Congregation Beth Shoiom of Orange City (Progressive Conservative), services at Our Lady of Lakes Church, 1310 MaximiUian St., I)eltona, 386- 804-8283; Services Friday at 7:30 p.m. and Satday at 10 a.m. Congregation B'nai Torah (C), 403 N. Nova Rd., Ormond Beach, 32174, 386-672-1174; Services Friday, 8 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. Congregation Chabad (O), 1301 S. Patrick Dr. #62, Satellite Beach, 321- 777-2770. Congregation Chabad Lubaviteh of Greater Daytona (O), 1079 W. Granada Blvd., Ormond Beach, 386-672-9300; Shabbat services Fri. 7:30 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m. Congregation of Reform Judaism (R), 928 Malone Dr., Orlando, 407-645- 0444; Shabbat service, 7 p.mr 1st Friday; 8 p.m. 2nd and 3rd Fridays; 6 p.m. 4th and 5th Fridays. Saturday: 10 a.m. Congregation Mateb Chaim (R), P.O. Box 060847, Palm Bay, 32906, 321-768-6722. Congregation Obey Slalom (C), 5015 GoddardAve., Orlando, 407-2984650; Shabbat service, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday: 9 a.m.; Junior Cong., 10:00 a.m. Congregation Shalom Aleiehem (R), 3501 Oak Pointe Blvd., Kissimmee, 407-935-0064; Shabbat serce, 8 p.m., 1st and 3rd Fridays of the month. Congregation of Shaarei Yerushalyim (O), 9869 Kilgore Rd., Orlando, 407-928-8972; Services: Monday - Friday, 7:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m., Friday Minha 7:30 p.m.; Kabbalat Shabbat 8 p.m., Saturday 9:30 a.m. Congregation Sinai (C), Jenkins Auditorium, West Montrose and 7th St., Clermont: Services on second and last Friday of the month at 8 p.m. 352- 243-5353. New Jewish Congregation (R), 13563 Coun Road 101, Oxford, 352-748- 1800; Shabbat Services every Friday of the Month: 7:30 p.m. Southwest Orlando Jewish Congregatiou/Obalei Rivka (C), 11200 S. Apopka-Vineland Rd., Orlando, 407-239-5444; Shabbat service, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday: 9:30 a.m. Temple Beth E! (R), 579 N. Nova Rd., Ormond Beach, 386-677-2484. Temple Beth Shalom (R), P.O. Box 031233, W'mter Haven, 813-324- 2882. Temple Beth Shalom (C), 40 Wellington Drive, Palm Coast, 386-445-3006; Shabbat service, 8 p.m.; Saturday 9 a.m. Temple Beth Sholom (C), 5995 N. wickham Rd. Melbourne, 321-254-6333; Shabbat Services 6 p.m.; Saturday: 9:30 am. Temple B'nai Darom (R), 49 Banyan Course, Ocala, 352-624-0380; Friday Services 8 p.m. Temple Israel (C), 50 S. Moss Rd., Winter Springs, 407-647-3055; Shabbat service; 7 p.m.; Saturday: 9:30 a.m. Temple Israel (R), 7350 Lake Andrew Drive, Melbourne, 321-631-9494. Temple Israel (C), 1400 S. Peninsula Ave., Daytona Beach, 386-252-3097; Shabbat service, 8 p.m.; Saturday: 9 a.m. Temple Israel of DeLand (R), 1001 E. New York Ave., DeLand, 386-736- 1646; Social Hour, 6 p.m.; Shabbat service, 7 p.m. Temple Shalom of Deltona (R/C), 1785 Elkcam Blvd., Ddtona, 386-789- 2202; Shabbat service; 7:30 p.m.; Saturday: 10 a.m. Temple Shir Shalom of Oviedo (R); Shabbat service, 7:30 p.m. Most Fridays at Carillon Elementary School, 3200 Lockwood Blvd., Oviedo. Call 407-366-3556 for information. 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