Re-imagining Synagogue Life

Rabbi David IngberThe traditional synagogue model has been showing signs of age in recent years. Across the country, attendance at services and membership numbers have been declining steadily for more than a decade. In light of these sobering trends, many synagogues are rethinking all aspects of their offerings — asking themselves fundamental questions about the purpose of synagogue life, the function and potential of prayer, and the essence of communal worship.

To help guide synagogues through this re-imagining process, our Synagogue Leadership Council has invited Rabbi David Ingber to lead an interactive seminar, Synagogue 10.0: Rethinking the Software and Hardware of Synagogue Life on Thursday, March 15, 6:30 - 9 p.m. at the JCC MetroWest in West Orange.

Rabbi Ingber is the founder and senior rabbi of Romemu NYC, a 600-family community that has been changing the way they approach Jewish sacred community for the last decade. Named by The Forward as one of the 50 most newsworthy and notable Jews in America, Rabbi Ingber is considered a major 21st century Jewish thinker and educator who calls for “a living, breathing Judaism… with calluses on its hands and dirt under its fingernails.” For more information on Rabbi Ingber and Romenu, click here.

To register for this program, click here. For more information on this and other Synagogue Leadership Council programs and initiatives contact Sarah Segal at ssegal@jfedgmw.org or (973) 929-2952.

The Synagogue Leadership Council plans to host other synagogue innovators to speak to our community in the future. Our Federation is committed to building relationships with and among the more than 80 synagogues in our region in order to create a more vibrant Jewish life in our community. As part of this effort, the Synagogue Leadership Council was developed to provide direction and guidance. The council is chaired by Mariela Dybner and comprises synagogue leaders from a cross section of denominations and counties in Greater MetroWest.