[eJP note: The following essay by Noam Pianko is in response to a grouping of essays by Barry Shrage, Jonah Pesner, Seth Cohen and Aryeh Bernstein - originally published in Sh’ma - that appeared over the past month or so.]
by Noam Pianko
In responding to the questions I raised about the future of Jewish neighborhoods, Jonah Pesner, Barry Shrage, Seth Cohen, and Aryeh Bernstein all agree that the changing landscape of American Jewish life raises a set of new challenges and opportunities. We all agree on the significance of the shift toward virtual networks, physical mobility, and social fluidity. Moreover, our visions for neighborhoods share several goals: the desire to make an impact local and globally, to build networks, and to nourish Jewish ecosystems.