The Spirituality of Welcoming: How to Transform Your Congregation Into a Sacred Community
Synagogues should be effective and relevant centers of Jewish life but too often the focus is on programs not people, on revenue not relationships. The end result is frequently a corporate atmosphere where membership lacks commitment, core leadership and spiritual fulfillment. In this empowering, practical guide, Dr. Ron Wolfson shows you how to transform your synagogue congregation into a sacred community by focusing on strategies for successful change. Using a case-study format for creating an inviting spiritual center, Wolfson defines the welcoming congregation and the fundamental materials that are involved in building one. He addresses the services a welcoming congregation should provide, the themes the congregation should focus on, and the standards that a vital spiritual community should uphold. Tapping into his experiences as co-developer of Synagogue 2000, the transdenominational project designed to envision and implement the ideal synagogue of the spirit for the twenty-first century, Wolfson also provides essential problem-solving tools that you can use to alleviate roadblocks along the way.
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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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I loved the book and its layout of ideas, exercises, and tips. I found Ron Wolfson's wisdom and exploration of synagogue strategies to be spot on. He brilliantly weaves synagogue anecdotes with Jewish ... Read full review
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