Synagogues at the forefront of Jewish life have rightly become concerned about the changeover from the baby-boomers to their children. At stake is Jewish continuity, particularly in the liberal sector, that 90% or so of Jews are not necessarily committed to significant Jewish identity. Coordinating a sustained and successful engagement strategy to the next generation is the next frontier in synagogue life.
S3K's Next Dor Initiative is a bold venture to engage the future of Judaism.
S3K's latest report highlights that while bound by common philosophy each of our six Next Dor Pilot sites are unique, distinct communities. Read how six communities can be so different and yet so similar.
Between the fall of 2009 and the summer of 2010, Synagogue 3000’s Next Dor initiative inaugurated four experiments in engaging congregationally unaffiliated adults Jews in their 20s and 30s. They were set in widely scattered locations across the United States (Washington, DC; St. Louis; Marin County, CA; and Miami Beach).
Nita (Hebrew for, "We will plant, we will grow") is an experiment in "doing Jewish" differently. As one of Synagogue 3000's Next Dor pilots, Nita has spent the last year plus creating a new model of community led by Rabbi Noa Kusher who describes her rabbinate as "... one part sales, one part emunah (faith), and one part chutzpah - a stubborn refusal to give up on my generation of Jews."
Ironically, Abraham and Isaac almost colluded in the Jewish People's demise! God had to stay the hand of Abraham the executioner. In reverse mirror imagery, it is the inability of today's Abrahams and Isaacs to collude in anything at all that threatens the Jewish future
Professor Steven Cohen wrote a very intriguing article explaining what he's learning about my generation of Jews: the 30-something post-Boomer up and coming leaders of the Jewish community. What makes this generation so different from the one ahead of us? What's new and different these days?