Thoughts on the Network Judaism Metaphor

By David M. Gordis

Susan and David Wilstein Institute of Jewish Policy Studies (University of Judaism), 2001

Gordis responds to the essays by Herring and Shrage in this volume, stating that for both, the major implications of the newly proposed metaphor relate to the way organizations function and interrelate. Networking implies a far more user friendly mode of operation than generally prevails in Jewish organizational life. It suggests that synagogues, federations and other Jewish organizations need to be more responsive to the needs of individuals who approach them seeking to engage Jewish life, but to do so on their terms rather those imposed by top-down driven organizational structures and strong centralized leadership.

Topic: Management and Administration, Networking, Leadership, Jewish Organizations, Community Building, Communal Organization

Name of Publication: Jewish Networking: Linking People, Institutions, Community

Editor: Heller, Zachary I.

Page Number(s): 66-70

Funder: Combined Jewish Philanthropies , of Greater Boston , The Minneapolis Jewish Federation

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Genre: Book Chapter

Identifier: ISBN 1-893380-01-7

Language: English

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Gordis, David M. Thoughts on the Network Judaism Metaphor. Jewish Networking: Linking People, Institutions, Community. Susan and David Wilstein Institute of Jewish Policy Studies (University of Judaism). 2001: 66-70. http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=11133


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