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October 10, 2015 | 27th Tishrei 5776

Discussion Questions on Rabbi Jacobs' Installation

After watching the video, please spend some time discussing reactions with your board. Here are some possible discussion questions to get you started:

  • Referring to what the Rev. Moore said, how have we spent more time glancing back to the past and not looking toward the future? How can we change that?
  • Why do you think Rabbi Jacobs included movement or dance as part of the installation? How can we re-imagine our services?
  • Does this installation look different than you might have expected? How? What do you think this says about the new leadership of the URJ?
  • The new NFTY Board President Evan Traylor read three Torah portions at the installation and NFTY Board Members were invited to march during the Torah service at installation. How can we involve more teens in our services?
  • How can we join Rabbi Jacobs and the URJ in building a brighter Jewish future?
  • In Rabbi Jacobs' sermon, he says, "This Shabbat afternoon service reflects the openness and passion of our uniquely Reform spirituality." How can our services reflect the openness and passion of our community's unique Reform spirituality?
  • In Rabbi Jacobs' sermon, he says, "The sacred mission of our Movement transcends the walls of the synagogue, and we must get that message out to all who want to join us on our journey of hope and healing in the world." How can we transcend the walls of our synagogue and reach out and invite others to join us?
  • In Rabbi Jacobs' sermon, he says, "Guarding Israel's security is our sacred responsibility. So too is the need to ensure that the values we hold dear--equality, tolerance, pluralism, democracy--are understood and protected in Israel." What is our congregation doing to stand up for Israel while also ensuring that Israel protects and supports all expressions of Judaism?

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