The Bergen County Y, Jewish Community Center (YJCC), the UJA Federation of Northern New Jersey, the Kaplen Jewish Community Center on the Palisades in Tenafly and the YM-YWHA of North Jersey non-profit groups have joined together in a partnership, known as the Kehillah Partnership, to cut cost. The Kehillah Partnership’s idea is to band together to present a strong bargaining unit when the need arises to purchase any item.
YJCC, itself, has 10 synagogues that have taken advantage of this new idea and developed a curriculum and other programs that merged their individual Hebrew Schools together to cut expenditures. So far this program has been successful.
The Kehillah Partnership is taking this co-op approach slow and steady toward a sustainable goal. Their next effort was to reduce the electric and gas bills for different agencies within the four non-profit groups. This too has been successful.
Now this three year old partnership is looking to combine the central needs of these agencies to operate, like insurances, credit cards, etc. Recently, there was a need that one agency required renting or buying an item that another agency had – so the agency in need borrowed that item. Simple and cost effective way to service the community.
One of the things being looked at is how to make it cost effective to the community at large. What services can be offered to the members of these agencies.
The Kehillah Partnership is open to having non-Jewish organization join this co-op or make their model available to any non-profit who wishes to start their own co-op.
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