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Jews On First!
... because if Jews don't speak out, they'll think we don't mind
by Rabbi Haim Dov Beliak, JewsOnFirst.org, February 2011
JewsOnFirst.org is pleased to present a two-part interview with Professor Robert
Wineburg, the Jefferson Pilot Excellence Professor of Social Work at the University
of North Carolina, Greensboro.
Prof. Robert Wineburg
Part 1 is based on Wineburg's 2007 book, Faith-based Inefficiency: The Follies of
Bush's Initiatives, a scathing analysis of the Bush administration's inefficient
use of more than $1 billion for religiously motivated faith based
government funding, which was promoted by the religious right. Wineburg discusses how, prior
to the George W. Bush administration, social welfare programs were administerd through
mainline religious denominations and their agencies, such as Catholic Charities and
Lutheran Social Services. These agencies were scrupulous about avoiding religious
discrimination in hiring or the clients they served. However, Wineburg relates, Bush officials
re-directed social welfare funds to local religious congregations and inexperienced
faith based agencies, many of which were unconcerned about inclusive policies and
ill-equipped to respond to the problems people faced.
Part One of the interview:
Part 2 of the interview is based in a new book, Pracademics and Community Change: A True Story of Nonprofit Development
and Social Entrepreneurship During Welfare Reform, co-authored by
Wineburg and Rev. Odell Cleveland. Cleveland, an African-American businessman turned
churchman, knows first hand the struggle to overcome poverty. Fourteen years ago,
he teamed up with Wineburg, a white Jewish professor imbued with a commitment to
tikkun olam ("repairing the world") Judaism. Their collaboration,
the Welfare Reform Liason
Project, is a $100 million nonprofit workforce development agency that teaches
skills that help people get and hold jobs.
Part Two of the interview:
More about Pracademics and Community Change: A True Story of Nonprofit Development
and Social Entrepreneurship During Welfare Reform here,
here. Many thanks to Dr. Wineburg for his help and assistance.