Prepare to revive your Jewish community with the transformative power of the Divine spirit.
"Rabbi Baruch HaLevi and Ellen Frankel have correctly identified Ruakh as a key missing ingredient in Jewish institutional life, especially in the synagogue. Their call is for a revolution of spirit, a rejuvenation of our purpose, our worship, even our sacred spaces. It is recognition that the craving for community can bring people back to our institutions, if we welcome, engage and inspire them."from the Foreword by Dr. Ron Wolfson
In this practical and engaging guide to reinvigorating Jewish life, Rabbi Baruch HaLevi and Ellen Frankel identify the difference between a living synagogue and a dying one, and offer methods for reviving the Jewish spiritual centersfederations, community centers, institutions and synagoguesthat serve as the heart of Jewish tradition and your life. They offer practical strategies for sustaining and expanding transformation, including tips for providing impassioned leadership, inspired programming and inviting sacred spaces. Whether you are clergy, congregant or community member, this guide will help you awaken your spirit and enliven your journey to a Ruakh-filled life.
|Publisher:||Turner Publishing Company|
|Product dimensions:||8.80(w) x 5.90(h) x 0.50(d)|
About the Author
Rabbi Baruch HaLevi, DMIN, a dynamic speaker on the topics of Judaism, spirituality and building inclusive communities of faith, is spiritual leader of Congregation Shirat Hayam, one of the fastest growing congregations in the Greater Boston area.
Ellen Frankel, LCSW, a member of Congregation Shirat Hayam, is a popular author and speaker on spirituality and wellness. Her work has been featured on TV nationally and in The Boston Globe, The Jewish Journal North of Boston and The Jewish Advocate.
Dr. Ron Wolfson, visionary educator and inspirational speaker, is Fingerhut Professor of Education at American Jewish University in Los Angeles and a cofounder of Synagogue 3000. He is author of Relational Judaism: Using the Power of Relationships to Transform the Jewish Community; The Seven Questions You're Asked in Heaven: Reviewing and Renewing Your Life on Earth; Be Like God: God's To-Do List for Kids; God's To-Do List: 103 Ways to Be an Angel and Do God's Work on Earth; Hanukkah, Passover and Shabbat, all Federation of Jewish Men's Clubs Art of Jewish Living family guides to spiritual celebrations; The Spirituality of Welcoming: How to Transform Your Congregation into a Sacred Community; A Time to Mourn, a Time to Comfort: A Guide to Jewish Bereavement and Comfort and, with Rabbi Lawrence A. Hoffman, What You Will See Inside a Synagogue (all Jewish Lights), a book for children ages 6 and up. He contributed to May God Remember: Memory and Memorializing in JudaismYizkor, Who by Fire, Who by WaterUn'taneh Tokef, All These VowsKol Nidre and We Have Sinned: Sin and Confession in JudaismAshamnu and Al Chet (all Jewish Lights).
Table of Contents
Introduction: Revolution of Jewish Spirit xiii
Part 1 Journey Forth
1 Lech Lecha: Individual Call to Journey 3
2 Na'aseh: Communal Call to Journey 21
3 Choose Life: Choosing to Journey 33
Part II From the known to the Unknown
4 The "When" of Ruakh: Erotic Shabbat 51
5 The "What" of Ruakh: The Synaplex Experience 65
6 The "Who" of Ruakh: Re-Membering the Tribe 95
Part III And You Shall be a Blessing
7 Vision and Visionaries 115
8 Future Shul 135
9 Revenue Revolution 151
Conclusion: And You Shall be a Blessing 171
Suggestions for Further Reading 187