OPENING NOT ONLY OUR HOMES—
BUT OUR HEARTS—TO VISITORS
Audacious Hospitality is the focused effort to engage seekers (Jews who are uninspired, unaffiliated, or under-engaged) in the sacred work of creating a world of wholeness, compassion, and justice. Congregations and other Reform institutions are uniquely positioned to attract and serve those looking for ways to connect with their Jewish identity.
While there are numerous examples of how the Jewish community across North America is developing and innovating models to attract and retain young people, young families, and empty nesters, there is little coordination, or collaboration. Over the next five years, the URJ will focus our efforts to support and strengthen this network through initiatives that foster and encourage collaboration, coordination and partnership to reduce barriers to participation in our congregations and other sacred communities. Recognizing the need for a focused approach to ensure that INTERFAITH FAMILIES feel included in our communities and in all that we do, the URJ will work with our congregations, other Movement institutions, and affiliates to ensure that we are open and welcoming to all.
An Example of Audacious Hospitality from Rabbi Micah Greenstein
Temple Israel, Memphis, TN
Rabbi Rick Jacobs on Jewish Communal Disability Inclusion
By 2020, the URJ will promote the ideals of audacious hospitality among its Reform congregations in these ways:
- REFORM MOVEMENT MAKES A DIFFERENCE CAMPAIGN: Set to launch in 2018, the campaign will convey in a concise and catchy manner a positive, up-beat, and contemporary message about the power of Reform Judaism and the benefit of belonging. The campaign will use a variety of media and reach as wide an audience as possible.
- EXPANSION OF COMMUNITIES OF PRACTICE: This successful model will expand to allow more groups of congregations to focus on engaging seekers, especially families with young children.
Blessed are you who come in the name of Adonai,
We bless you from the house of Adonai