Even Michael Steinhardt, one of the founders of Birthright, does not sound entirely convinced about his new venture, a conference trying to convince young Jews to work in community institutions.
“I’m not sure we will be able to persuade them that being a professional leader is a meaningful and satisfying career," the philanthropist told the Detroit Jewish News, "but we’re going to try.”
I guess he knows ahead of time that the real problem isn't a lack of interest in community work amongst young involved Jews, but the stultified and stultifying nature of many of our organizations. As the last line of the article concludes, "the recruiting organizations must be willing to adapt, change and even reinvent themselves if that’s what it takes to engage our best and brightest as professional leaders."
Now, if Steinhardt could fund that...