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Joyce Schriebman

It may not be scientific, but the list has great potential as a mini-focus group.

Next Step: the institutions, et al mentioned in the stream should contact Tweeters for feedback.

You want to eliminate Hebrew School? Hebrew schools, contact nyccantor and find out what prompts the rebuff. No more membership dues? Get a creative chat going with a jchicksrock. Upset by status lists? (my personal favorite) Hey, Shaplev, why? Does it stratify and segregate more than inspire and motivate? Or are your knickers in a knot because your favs didn't make the cut?

Smashing idols is fun. The value's in understanding why the idols are unwelcome in the first place. When we have that information, then we can create programs without similar trappings.

EstherK


Fabulous points, Joyce. Looking forward to seeing how many organizations rise to this challenge and continue the conversation...

Lisa Colton

Change is hard. Mostly because it always involves loss. I do think that this paralyzes the Jewish community often. Framing a conversation around smashing idols celebrates and legitimizes this "loss" rather than lamenting it. While the specific things raised are interesting and perhaps insightful too, the whole exercise I think is an important shift in our thinking (and feeling) about change.

Hillel Wallick

I was there in person. There were a lot more than 100 people.

EstherK


Thanks, Hillel - I could only see part of the room on the livestream...am getting actual numbers and then will post them. 

Zahava Tzipora

I loved your line about literally being in the Jewish future. It was a great afternoon. Glad you could be in the room.

Zahava Tzipora

as for the number, I was trying to figure out tables and rows...there were probably about 1,000 people.

EstherK


Hi Zahava - thanks for commenting. I got the 450 number from one of the organizers, so Im keeping that unless they tell me otherwise. And thanks for your comment about my being in the Jewish future line. Good to know the funnier moments are resonating in addition to the larger theoretical concepts. :)

Wendy Brezin

Almost all institutions have cycles of birth, productive periods, and increasing obsolescence unless they re-define themselves. The historic, political, cultural, and economic conditions change around us and cause us to question formal and informal rules, and their enforcement mechanisms. Jewish institutions are no different.


The practices of Judaism in the times of Moses and King David changed drastically as we moved through the expulsions, wanderings, and exposure to different ideas and cultures around the world. Even as our practices and institutions retained a multitude of our religious, ethical, moral, and cultural inheritances, the institutions that sustained those things exposed us to ever shifting forces. They have either undergone transitions or perished. Some organizations last longer than others do.


But when an institution's raison d'être reflects a reality that no longer exists, that is to say it is no longer relevant, or no longer supports us, by no means should we underestimate the powers of resistance to change or the smashing of idols.


The realities of global interconnectedness, the pace of technological change, the evanescence of life itself force us to challenge perpetually the status quo. What does seem to stay the same are the challenges of defining what needs are important, keeping members of the group involved, creating new leaders, the “in” group versus the “out” group, what tools will best produce success (however it is defined) , etc. Thirty-five years ago, I was considered a “leader”, but am past that stage now. So many issues regarding the creation of a secure and active community were true back then as well.


Ah, the impermanence of Eden, and yet what would life be if each generation did not strive for it?

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