General Assembly = Super Bowl

Jerry Silverman, the new CEO of the Jewish Federations of North America (formerly known as United Jewish Communities), got involved in the Jewish world after a long career in the business world.

That background showed at the opening press conference for this year’s General Assembly, where he suggested some ideas that seem as if they could have been taken directly from a corporate management handbook.

For starters, there was his stated goal of turning the G.A. into the “Super Bowl of the Jewish world.”

That means, according to Silverman, making the G.A. bigger, adding more content and extending it beyond the three-day time frame. Silverman said he would like to see the G.A. become the main annual gathering of the Jewish community and as such last at least four or five days.

Silverman also promised to be much more attentive to the needs of those participating at the G.A. Staff members are in charge of talking to participants — whom he calls “mystery shoppers” — getting a feel for their needs and wishes, and reporting back to headquarters. This informal feedback is to be used to inform planning for future assemblies.

Your Comments

The Forward welcomes reader comments in order to promote thoughtful discussion on issues of importance to the Jewish community. All readers can browse the comments, and all Forward subscribers can add to the conversation. In the interest of maintaining a civil forum, The Forward requires that all commenters be appropriately respectful toward our writers, other commenters and the subjects of the articles. Vigorous debate and reasoned critique are welcome; name-calling and personal invective are not and will be deleted. Egregious commenters or repeat offenders will be banned from commenting. While we generally do not seek to edit or actively moderate comments, our spam filter prevents most links and certain key words from being posted and the Forward reserves the right to remove comments for any reason.

Recommend this article

General Assembly = Super Bowl

Thank you!

This article has been sent!

Close
Close