An overwhelming majority of today’s population is unaffiliated with Jewish institutions and generally disinterested in Jewish communal life. Paradoxically, an overwhelming 94% of Jews in this demographic claim that they are “proud to be Jewish”. These results demand a new way to think about building Jewish community, which is both representative and relevant.
identity as democrats
feel Israel is essential to Jewish identity
come from households with intermarried parents
have 'mostly' Jewish friends
have Christmas trees in their homes
did not attend a Jewish day school
are "proud to be Jewish"
EMBRACE THE PEOPLE
Listening to people, hearing their ideas, their questions and their desires will be the driving force in creating a community of inclusion. This can be scary for an organization because the constituents may arrive at different conclusions and express different interests that fall outside of organizational norms. There is no greater investment than to trust our people, and provide them with a meaningful voice in charting the path forward.
A commitment to listening to the spectrum of Jewish people is our currency. This allows us to organizationally learn, and for that knowledge to act as our compass.
As a people, we are no stranger to questions. A willingness to question our most basic assumptions can yield dynamic and critical directives.
We must be unafraid as an organization to support these people and their ideas. In all likelihood, this will require change and transformation.
When we give freedom of curator directorship of the organization to our constituents, we begin to discover what is possible and what is needed. The process itself becomes our greatest asset in creating a broad and inclusive action oriented community. In the best of circumstances, the co-creative process yields dynamic and surprising results.