By Rabbi Jonah Dov Pesner & Amy Asin At the core of our creation story, Judaism teaches us that our world is broken - but that it can be repaired through righteous, reflective, and deliberate action. In 21st-century congregational life, a deep commitment to social justice work is critical. It also serves two purposes: It fulfills our sacred mandate to improve our world, and it provides an important avenue for those seeking a … [Read more...] about 6 Ways to Strengthen Social Justice Work in Your Congregation – and Strengthen Your Congregation in the Process
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By Rabbi Esther L. Lederman One of my favorite cartoons shows a speaker standing in front of a group of people. In the first frame, he asks the group, “Who wants change?” They all raise their hands. In the second frame, he inquires “Who wants to change?” This time, not a single hand is raised. This cartoon captures an essential truth of being human: We all want change, but we usually want someone else to do it. This is true not just in our … [Read more...] about 5 Factors that Determine Your Congregation’s Readiness for Change
By Shoshana Hebshi Kids who love Jewish overnight camp will have one more local option to choose from this summer. Eden Village West, the first expansion of Eden Village Camp in upstate New York, will open near the Russian River in Sonoma County on June 19 for the first of three sessions focused on farming, food, outdoor education and homesteading crafts. And, of course, building Jewish connections. Its debut will bring the total number … [Read more...] about S’more and s’more Jewish Summer Camps around the Bay
By Robert Evans Two critical gatherings of American synagogue leaders attracted major support and interest from a significant percentage of Reform and Conservative congregations in recent days. The Biennial of the Reform Movement attracted an estimated 6,000 delegates in Boston; the Conservative movement’s convention in Atlanta, while on a significantly smaller scale, attracted representatives of several hundred congregations across North … [Read more...] about PERSONAL OPINION: Reform & Conservative Congregational Leaders Show Passion & Renewed Commitment!
By Amy Asin [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 Blog. Past … [Read more...] about Look for Best Principles, Not Best Practices