Stanley Gold Speaks on Role of Lay Leadership

Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Stanley Gold, former Chair of the HUC-JIR Board of Governors, spoke to HUC-JIR/LA students, faculty, and staff on "The role of lay leadership as change agents in influencing the direction of the Jewish community." Gold was recently installed as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Los Angeles Jewish Federation and will soon complete his term as Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the University of Southern California. 

Gold attributes his involvement in Jewish community leadership to a challenge given to him in 1982 by his senior law partner, Martin Gang, to get involved with the Jewish community and "give back." Gold said he was interested in Jewish education and, three days later, was installed as a member of the HUC-JIR/LA Board of Overseers. 

Gold advised students to think of themselves as "change agents" and to have faith in the Jewish community. He spoke about his approach to rethinking priorities and structure of The Jewish Federation. His priorities for change include giving meaningful roles to young leadership, ages 25-45, focusing the Federation on strengthening ties with Israel, building bridges between the Jewish community and the Hispanic community, streamlining the bureaucracy and decision-making process, increasing the campaign revenue to more effectively serve the Jewish community, and building partnerships with other Jewish community institutions, like HUC-JIR. 

HUC-JIR/LA Dean Steven Windmueller has, at Gold's invitation, spoken to Jewish Federation leadership about the changing nature of the Jewish community and the importance of adapting to the different perspectives about charitable giving of young, wealthy Jews. 

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