Synagogue leaders are searching for new and innovative ways to draw young families into the synagogue, often with the hope of renewing their congregation for another generation. We need to change the conversation to focus on building relationships with new parents. A family with young children has a real need for community and connection. At that juncture, we have a unique opportunity to draw the family into Jewish life through inspirational engagement. By establishing and strengthening personal relationships with families with young children, we can increase engagement.
The Engaging Families with Young Children Active Learning Network provides practical tools, resources and networking opportunities to help congregations understand pathways to connecting families with young children with the Jewish community. Understanding parents' needs and building relationships are central priorities to successfully connect families to one another, to the congregation and to living a joyful Jewish life.