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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The book gives a good overview of the value in creating a welcoming congregation as well as excellent concrete examples of how to implement the concepts. Read full review

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


The Synagogue 2000 Theory of Synagogue Transformation
Welcoming Ambience
Welcoming Worship
Welcoming Membership
In Gratitude
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Dr. Ron Wolfson, visionary educator and inspirational speaker, is Fingerhut Professor of Education at American Jewish University in Los Angeles and a cofounder of Synagogue 3000. He is author of Relational Judaism: Using the Power of Relationships to Transform the Jewish Community; The Seven Questions You're Asked in Heaven: Reviewing and Renewing Your Life on Earth; Be Like God: God's To-Do List for Kids; God's To-Do List: 103 Ways to Be an Angel and Do God's Work on Earth; Hanukkah, Passover and Shabbat, all Federation of Jewish Men's Clubs Art of Jewish Living family guides to spiritual celebrations; The Spirituality of Welcoming: How to Transform Your Congregation into a Sacred Community; A Time to Mourn, a Time to Comfort: A Guide to Jewish Bereavement and Comfort; and, with Rabbi Lawrence A. Hoffman, What You Will See Inside a Synagogue (all Jewish Lights), a book for children ages 6 and up. He contributed to May God Remember: Memory and Memorializing in Judaism--Yizkor , Who by Fire, Who by Water --Un'taneh Tokef, All These Vows --Kol Nidre, and We Have Sinned: Sin and Confession in Judaism --Ashamnu and Al Chet (all Jewish Lights). Dr. Ron Wolfson is available to speak on the following topics: Building Good Tents: Envisioning the Synagogue of the Future God ' s To-Do List The Seven Questions You're Asked in Heaven Blessings and Kisses: The Power of the Jewish Family A Time to Mourn, a Time to ComfortClick here to contact the author.

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