Barry Fine

6 Pages Posted: 10 Jun 2009

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Andrew Wicks

University of Virginia - Darden School of Business

Jenny Mead

University of Virginia - Darden School of Business

Abstract

What does a nonprofit do when its major donor is indicted on insider trading? This case details the uncomfortable position and subsequent decisions that a rabbi and his congregation must make after the synagogue finds itself in that position.

Excerpt

UVA-E-0264

Rev. Feb. 19, 2009

BARRY FINE

Rabbi Eli Rabkin's heart pounded as he sat in the boardroom of the Shaarey Tzedek Synagogue in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and counted the votes that would determine the fate of his congregation and his synagogue. He slowly opened a folded ballot with the boxes checked for “Option 1: Return the Funds” and “Option A: Remove the Name.” With five of twelve ballots counted, the vote was close, and Rabbi Rabkin's worst nightmare was coming true: If there were a tie, he would need to cast the deciding ballot in the difficult and unfortunate situation that had befallen his shul.

Barry Fine

Barry Fine was the third son of Joseph and Chaya Feinberg, who with their first two children, Max and Wolf, had emigrated to the United States from Germany in 1938. The Feinbergs narrowly escaped before the start of World War II and the Holocaust. Hoping for a smooth transition into American society, they “dejudaized” their last name, changing it to Fine, shortly after arriving. When their third son was born five years later, again they chose not to stress their roots; they ignored traditional Jewish names and settled on “Barry.”

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Keywords: ethical issues, business ethics, community relations, goodwill, morale, public relations/publicity

Suggested Citation

Wicks, Andrew and Mead, Jenny, Barry Fine. Darden Case No. UVA-E-0264. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1417171

Andrew Wicks (Contact Author)

University of Virginia - Darden School of Business ( email )

P.O. Box 6550
Charlottesville, VA 22906-6550
United States

HOME PAGE: http://www.darden.virginia.edu/faculty/wicks.htm

Jenny Mead

University of Virginia - Darden School of Business ( email )

P.O. Box 6550
Charlottesville, VA 22906-6550
United States

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