As the Vice President of Audacious Hospitality, I deeply believe that every person should have a community where they feel fully supported and unconditionally accepted. One they can count on to be there for them over the course of their lives.
Shabbat holds an esteemed place in our synagogues as a testing ground for experimentation. Centering new programs around Shabbat, therefore, offers distinct advantages.
Outsiders to our communities may not catch the written guidelines or the unwritten customs in our congregations. We need to help and welcome them.
If we commit to honest introspection and community assessment, by next Yom Kippur we can be closer to our ultimate goal of a more whole, just, and compassionate world.
It’s easy to talk about diversity, but pulling it off can be elusive. Based on my experiences, offer reflections about what has worked for me – and might work for you!