The Spirituality of Welcoming: How to Transform Your Congregation Into a Sacred Community

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Jewish Lights Publishing, 2006 - Religion - 207 pages
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A practical guide for envisioning and transforming your synagogue into a powerful new congregation of welcoming, learning and healing. "The new synagogue we envision is a spiritual center for all those who set foot inside it. It is a kehillah kedoshah, a sacred community, where relationships are paramount, where worship is engaging, where everyone is learning, where repair of the world is a moral imperative, where healing is offered, where personal and institutional transformation are embraced. The times are ripe for this spiritual call." from the Introduction So often we want our congregations to be more more compelling, more member-focused, more spiritual and yet more useful for our daily lives. Through reflection, examples, tips and exercises and incorporating the fruits of Synagogue 2000 (now Synagogue 3000), a groundbreaking decade-long program investigating the challenges facing modern synagogues this inspiring handbook both establishes a sound foundation for why a deep hospitality is crucial for the survival of today's spiritual communities, and dives into the practical hands-on how of turning your congregation into a place of invitation and openness that includes: Prayer that is engaging, uplifting and spiritually moving Institutional deepening that is possible because of an openness to change Study that engages adults and families, as well as children Good deeds the work of social justice as a commitment of each and every member An ambience of welcome that creates a culture of warmth and outreach Healing that offers comfort and support at times of illness and loss ... and much more."


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Ron Wolfson is a leading advocate for synagogoue transformation and this book is a primer on the subject.

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Although there are lots of good ideas contained in this book, many of them are aimed at larger congregations. Read full review


The Synagogue 2000 Theory of Synagogue Transformation
Welcoming Ambience
Welcoming Worship
Welcoming Membership
In Gratitude
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Dr. Ron Wolfson is Fingerhut Professor of Education at the University of Judaism in Los Angeles. He is president of Synagogue 3000, an institute for envisioning the synagogue of the future, and is author of Gods To-Do List: 103 Ways to Live Your Purpose for Doing Gods Work on Earth; Hanukkah: The Family Guide to Spiritual Celebration; Passover: The Family Guide to Spiritual Celebration; Shabbat: The Family Guide to Preparing for and Celebrating the Sabbath; A Time To Mourn, a Time to Comfort: A Guide to Jewish Bereavement and Comfort (all Jewish Lights) and is coauthor of What You Will See Inside a Synagogue (SkyLight Paths).

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