Despite all the academic degrees and business acumen, we are ignorant of what really works. Outreach, inreach, day schools, Israel, camps, all compete for Jewish dollars without any consensus as to where we should put our emphasis. There is a simple reason for this-lack of courage. What would the Reform say, for example, if it was definitively demonstrated that outreach to the intermarried brings back only 10% of the investment as attending a Jewish High School? What would the Orthodox say if inreach brought more bang for the buck than post-high school study programs in Israel? What would everybody say if JCCs turned out to be a drain on Jewish resources without producing significant benefits? Unfortunately, there are too many interest groups who care more about protecting their turf than promoting a Jewish future and so we will probably never know and even if we did, our "leaders" would still try to convince us that they know best.
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