How can Jewish institutions adapt to changes that have occurred in the Jewish community since the era of suburban synagogues began in the 1950s? Join speaker Dr. Amy Sales for a fascinating look at this question and some innovative responses.
The Jewish community as we know it was built in the 1950s, the time when America became a suburban nation. The Jewish move to the suburbs resulted in the growth of the suburban synagogue and a redefinition of Jewish life and affiliation. Even though we are in the 21st century, most of the Jewish legacy institutions remain essentially as they were. At the same time, the community is eager to engage millennials and worries that the next generation will not be there to sustain what their parents built. Many Jewish organizations are questioning whether they will even exist 10 or 20 years from now.
Amy L. Sales, Ph.D., retired senior research scientist at The Cohen Center for Modern Jewish Studies at Brandeis University, has recently been studying innovation in the Jewish community, with a focus on JCCs. She has spent time talking to the creative thinkers in the field—those who are bringing new thinking to their organizations, their communities and their work. These creative thinkers are drawing inspiration from across disciplines and perspectives. They have adopted an entrepreneurial orientation. They are developing their leadership, redefining their relationship with their members, participants and local community organizations, establishing new values and bringing high levels of excitement and vitality to their agencies.
It is common wisdom that in a fast-changing world, those that remain the same are, in fact, falling behind. There is ample evidence that it is possible for Jewish organizations to make significant adjustments to suit changing times. The challenge is to understand what it will take to get more of the Jewish community’s agencies, organizations and synagogues to enter the 21st century.
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