Our Process Will Be Helpful as a Guide
Regarding the projects described in Chapter Three, please keep in mind that the projects we implemented are ones that emerged from brainstorming and trial and error. They may or may not work for your congregation. Attempting to copy each of our projects is not a guarantee of success. It is my hope that our process will be helpful as a guide to getting started and the description of our projects will help to clarify the kinds of opportunities you can provide to move your process forward.
As our process developed, we also learned about Audacious Hospitality as presented by Rabbi Rick Jacobs, President of The Union for Reform Judaism. The similarities between Audacious Hospitality and Relational Judaism became clear to us. These connections are discussed in Chapter Four.
As we worked together, we became more aware of our core values—inclusion, welcoming, respect, connectedness, engagement, and tikkun olam (repairing the world). We also realized we had to reflect these values in every way we functioned as an organization. It became clear that we had to remove the barriers to membership and participation in Temple life, to make it easier for the Jews of our community to express their Jewish selves
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.