Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Five hundred million dollars

We all like to dream - If I were a rich man ... If I had a million dollars ...

Suppose someone offered you five hundred million dollars to some something transformative for American Jewry. What would you do with that money? Build day schools? Fix those that are already there? Design outreach programs for the less affiliated? Expand Birthright? Setting up learning centers on college campuses? Build a "Foreign Ministry" for the Jewish people?

OK, I don't have that kind of money to throw around. But to dream of what we would do with extraordinary resources should help guide what we do with more limited reources. So let's dream - what would you do with it?

1 comment:

  1. It is rumored (but I have not seen the data first hand) that the best performing tool in maintaining Jewish identity is summer camp. Do the camps need money? (sometimes the charm of a camp is how dumpy it is - but better programming might be available with more $). Or, free tuition for all? (warning - might have unintended consequences) Or, expanded scholarship programs?