Innovation in Congregational Education

By Cyd B. Weissman

Jewish Communal Service Association of North America (JCSA), Winter 2010

The author, director of Innovation in Congregational Learning for the New York Board of Jewish Education/SAJES, notes a difference between innovation in the Jewish community and innovation in the secular world. In the lexicon of the Jewish people, innovation has an additional essential dimension: holiness. A decade ago, John Ruskay defined innovation for the Jewish community similarly. To engage the next generation, he called for the creation of "compelling Jewish communities of meaning and purpose." The agenda set by Ruskay ten years ago and continuing today requires us to imagine, invent, adapt, create, and generate in service of a purpose higher than productivity, efficiency, or even for the sake of survival alone. More than the existential is at stake, according to Ruskay. The agenda: innovate to elevate, so that every Jew can live with purpose and meaning as God's partner.

Topic: Innovation, Jewish Federations, Engagement, Generational Issues, Spirituality

Name of Publication: Journal of Jewish Communal Service

Editor: Naron Chalew, Gail

Volume/Issue: Vol.85/No.1

Page Number(s): 149-151

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Genre: Article

Coverage: New York, New York , United States

Language: English

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Bibliographic Information:
Weissman, Cyd B. Innovation in Congregational Education. Journal of Jewish Communal Service. Jewish Communal Service Association of North America (JCSA). Winter 2010: 149-151. http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=8098


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