With the support of The Alban Institute and UJA-Federation of New York, I am writing a resource guide for my most recent publication, Tomorrow’s Synagogue Today. Creating Vibrant Centers of Jewish Life. I wrote this book as a thought piece, but the statement of the classical Rabbis, “The purpose of learning is action”(Avot 1:17), motivates my writing. If you’ve found the book worthwhile, you’ll have the opportunity to apply some concrete tools and resources to its ideas with this resource guide. Several people have written to me privately about how they’ve use the book. For example, I’ve heard that a number of people are either discussing it at staff meetings or congregational board meetings.
In an effort to make this resource guide focused on real world application, I’d appreciate your answering the following questions:
- If you’ve used the book in a group setting, how have you done so?
- What are the kinds of practical resources that would help you bring some of these ideas into practice?
Even if you haven’t read the book, or have not used it for study, think back to other books on congregational life that you’ve used and respond to these questions.
Thank you for your help,
Rabbi Hayim Herring