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Member-to-Member and Member-to- Congregation Relationships

Our One Family Initiative addresses all the relationships listed above by emphasizing the member-to-member relationship and the member-to-congregation relationship.

Getting started can be a daunting step in the transformation process. While this will vary from congregation to congregation, putting together a team of creative and enthusiastic people will provide a valuable source for brainstorming and developing ideas. Our beginning is described in Chapter Two.


This transformation process does not require disrupting the congregation’s organizational structure. Working within the existing structure and with the people already in place, we developed another set of systems and projects designed to provide opportunities for connection and engagement. In our process, we worked in cooperation with many existing committees, projects, and affiliate groups that were in place and functioning well including, the Caring Committee, Shabbat Greeters, Building and Grounds Committee, Ushers Committee, Membership Committee, Sisterhood, Men’s Club, Mitzvah Day, and, the Temple Board. Our focus was the creation of opportunities to connect and engage. New programs that formed were “bottom-up” in nature, emerging from the needs and interests expressed by members. The difference between the systems to which I am referring and the traditional idea of programs will become clearer as you read about them in Chapter Three.


Dr. Shinder's New Book, One Congregation's Journey of Change: A Guide to Enriching Reltionships In Your Congregation will be out this Fall. This “how to” book describes the steps taken by a Reform Jewish congregation to transform their culture from a transactional, program-based organization to one focused on the sacredness of relationships. For more information contact Dr. Shnider at Author@DrTussyShnider.com or visit online at DrTussyShnider.com.




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