Jewish ‘Ways and Means’
Published אוק 23, 2012
Prof. Steven W. Popper and Dr. Dov Maimon
This paper lays out several propositions and questions for discussion regarding the funding of Jewish activities and Jewish life. Jewish communities exhibit great differences in structure and what they may require to maintain sustainability and continuity. Yet, despite their differences and the lack of any widely recognized central authority there are some issues that all identify, with perhaps varying emphases, as being necessary to sustainability and continuity not only for their own communities but for the Jewish people as a whole. Some issues of ways and means may go beyond
the ability of communities to address on their own – or would remain unaddressed if the local focus were the sole object of concern.
This gives rise to the paper’s central premise: there may be value in exploring what might be gained from seeking a Jewish people perspective on sources and uses of funds in the Jewish world. In a few brief pages we put forward issues that would benefit considerably from wider explicit consideration and discussion.