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Rosh HaShanah is just around the corner, and with it comes a fresh opportunity to recommit ourselves to the work of audacious hospitality in our lives, and in our congregations and communities.
For many of us, the coming of a certain crispness to the air, a few colorful leaves, and the turning over of our Jewish new year fills us with a desire to acknowledge our actions and attitudes, and renew our personal and community intentions. And while those are meaningful desires, knowing precisely how to channel our energy can be hard, or filled with vague ideas of “doing better.”
To coincide with the sweetness of a New Year, here are eight audaciously hospitable ideas for you and your community to consider implementing – during this High Holiday season and throughout the coming year.
Help your synagogue youth group actively acknowledge and meaningfully engage typically marginalized teens (such as Jews of color, LGBTQ, those from interfaith families, and teens with disabilities) and facilitate ways for them to feel valued, seen, and heard. These tips will help your congregation increase disabilities inclusion during services and these learning sessions offer strategies, tools, and skills to assist your community in becoming more inclusive -- not only at Rosh HaShanah, but all year long.
L’shanah tovah tikateivu, may you be inscribed for a good year.