By Ed Frim Of course we want to include everyone in synagogue life regardless of their abilities. But when we scratch the surface, it is not so simple. We do not all agree on what inclusion means; we have different reasons, even within Jewish tradition, for focusing on inclusion; and there are many barriers to doing it and doing it right. One of the best definitions of inclusion I’ve read is from Miss Malory, an occupational therapist and … [Read more...] about How Inclusive ARE You (of those with disabilities)?
United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism / USCJ
By Rabbi Joshua Rabin “Build the newsroom out of Legos, not bricks. The right structure for today won’t be the right structure for tomorrow.” The New York Times Innovation Report (March 2014), page 95. In December 2017, The New York Times announced that thirty-seven year old Arthur Gregg (A.G.) Sulzberger would succeed his father as publisher on January 1, 2018. While A.G. was a logical choice to become publisher given his lineage, his most … [Read more...] about Build Your Synagogue Out of Legos, Not Bricks
The responses to our survey beg the question of Who’s the Boss in our synagogues.
By Dr. Ray Goldstein and Barry S. Mael
Some of you may recall the 1980’s sitcom, Who’s the Boss, in which a retired baseball player becomes a housekeeper for a busy executive - the premise was a lack of clarity in who was truly running the household. Having just completed a survey of nearly 600 USCJ affiliated kehillot, we are left wondering the same about … [Read more...] about Who’s the Boss?
Reporting Structures in Synagogues
By Rabbi Joshua Rabin [The following article is offered as a partnership between eJP and the Clergy Leadership Incubator program (CLI). CLI is a two-year program to support and encourage congregational rabbis and rabbinic entrepreneurs in the areas of innovative thinking, change management and institutional transformation. CLI is directed by Rabbi Sid Schwarz and is fiscally sponsored by Hazon. Each month CLI offers a Synagogue Innovation … [Read more...] about Synagogues Are Not Helpless
By Noah Lee “How good and how pleasant it is for brothers and sisters to dwell together in unity!” Brotherhood and sisterhood is a really special gift. There’s something beautiful about sharing your upbringing with another person or people, growing and developing alongside them, and perhaps knowing them better than anyone else in the word. While I certainly am blessed to have the siblings that I do, my first experience at USY … [Read more...] about How good and how pleasant it is for brothers and sisters to dwell together in unity!