A Horizontal Table

By Rachel Nussbaum

Josh Rolnick, The Sh'ma Institute, March 2012

The author, rabbi and executive director of the Kavana Cooperative in Seattle describes her experiments with creating tischen for a non-Orthodox community. She states that they have raised broad-reaching practical and theoretical questions about leadership and community building in a liberal, egalitarian setting. At a tisch, the boundaries of the community are delineated, quite literally, by who has a seat at the table. The power of the traditional tisch emerges from a shared religious vocabulary and the authority of the rabbi. She asks: can the intimacy and cohesive power of the traditional tisch be transposed into a more egalitarian and "horizontal" setting? And if so, how?

Topic: Liberal Judaism, Inclusion, Community Building

Name of Publication: Sh'ma: A Journal of Jewish Ideas

Editor: Berrin, Susan

Volume/Issue: Vol.42/no.688

Page Number(s): 3--4

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Genre: Article

Coverage: United States

Language: English

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Bibliographic Information:
Nussbaum, Rachel. A Horizontal Table. Sh'ma: A Journal of Jewish Ideas. Josh Rolnick, The Sh'ma Institute. March 2012: 3--4. http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=13762


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