A Cautionary Tale
In his book, “A Broken Charity: The Rise and Fall of the Jewish Educational Center,” Jack E. George gives an insider’s view of the events surrounding the IRS raid of the Jewish Educational Center in San Francisco that led to the trial and conviction of the organization’s founder, Rabbi Bentzion Pil.
The book is an eyewitness account by George, former administrator at a private school funded by the JEC, of the monetary mismanagement that derailed this highly successful charity. Rife with examples and step-by-step reactions by the organization’s staff and administration, “A Broken Charity” provides insights into the JEC’s accounting and documentation practices, the IRS raid, and its struggle to keep teachers and staff on with no payroll.
A cautionary tale, the book offers valuable, real-life lessons on the importance of ethical monetary practices for all nonprofits and the debacle that can ensue for organizations that fail in the fiscal management of their operations.