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Boundaries and Belonging--Creating a Synagogue Community of Meaning

Tuesday, December 13, 2022 19 Kislev 5783

7:00 PM - 8:30 PMBeth El Synagogue Center, New Rochelle

In our fragmented world, how can the synagogue be a nexus of community and connection? At a time of radical individuality, what is the value of communal life? How can we straddle the tension between nurturing a community of belonging with the need for boundaries? Who is an “insider” and who is an “outsider” in the modern American synagogue? What are the obstacles to the inclusive, pluralistic synagogue today?

Jewish American identity, though always diverse, used to have a set of shared and recognizable features. As contemporary identities have become increasingly complex and layered, Jewish identity has as well.

Join Yehuda Kurtzer for a conversation about what Jewish identity means today and how it can be prioritized among other commitments. How has the shift in what it means to be Jewish and to live a Jewish life challenged and enriched our synagogue communities?

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