Were We Wrong?: Jewish Institutions Re-think Connections
Whether around the Zoom holiday table, or in intimate learning experiences, this moment presents unparalleled opportunities to connect. Did Jewish leaders anticipate this incredible digital bridge? How does that change everything we thought we knew about congregating? Join a conversation with AJU’s Ron Wolfson and leading experts to discuss how we create a sense of global connection, what we got wrong, and how to get it right.
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Ron Wolfson is the Fingerhut Professor of Education at American Jewish University. He is the author of numerous books including: Relational Judaism: Using the Power of Relationships to Transform the Jewish Community and co-author of The Relational Judaism Handbook: How to Create a Relational Engagement Campaign to Build and Deepen Relationships in Your Community.
Rabbi Lydia Medwin was ordained on the Los Angeles campus of HUC in May of 2010. While there, she received a Masters of Hebrew Letters and a Masters in Jewish Education from the Rhea Hirsch School. After ordination, she served for four years as a pulpit rabbi at Stephen S. Wise Temple in Los Angeles. She currently serves as the Director of Engagement and Outreach at The Temple in Atlanta, Georgia, where she promotes the practice of small group leadership and the discovery of deeper meaning through social justice and Jewish communal life.
Lydia is a co-author with Dr. Ron Wolfson and Rabbi Nicole Auerbach on The Relational Judaism Handbook: How to Create a Relational Engagement Campaign to Build and Deepen Relationships in Your Community (Kripke Institute).
Rabbi Nicole Auerbach serves as the Director of Congregational Engagement at Central Synagogue in New York City, having joined Central full-time in 2016 as the Reform movement’s first-ever Rabbi for Small Groups. In this capacity, she directs a wide range of adult programming geared toward connecting members more deeply with one another, with Central, with Jewish tradition, and with God. She also oversees Central’s CORE Groups initiative, which creates and supports lay-led groups of congregants that come together on a regular basis to discuss Jewish ideas, explore shared passions, and build relationships.