Connecting in Our Open Tent

by Rabbi Jill Maderer

When it comes to city living today, many of us are living on top of one another while we don’t even know each other. The neighborhood is so transient; one of the greatest challenges of our day is to make meaningful, lasting connections. Such ties are the inspiration for our new RS Empty Nesters group that draws members who want to share their experience in their new chapter of life. And such ties are the promise for our plans for the RS Buerger Early Learning Center, where we hope families will begin life-long shared journeys together. In so many different forms, RS members’ lives are enriched by sharing their experiences in community.

Personal stories are such a powerful way to invite others into our open tent. How do YOU connect at RS? Why did you join and how does congregational life bring you meaning?

2 Responses to Connecting in Our Open Tent

  1. Mike Hauptman says:

    Our storycards — and now we can say “award-winning storycards” — which highlighted transformational moments in the lives of many of our fellow congregants, were successful and powerful because they were from people we know. The stories were more real and, therefore, more relevant, giving them greater impact. They were able to convey our open tent message more effectively because they came from us.

    At a recent dinner where we honored our Amabassador volunteers, we asked our returning Ambassadors to tell some stories about their experiences from the previous inaugural year. The stories were wonderful. I hope that many of you who spoke at the dinner could take the time to write them down and share them with the congregation on this blog. You never know who may be changed by your story.

    Shabbat Shalom.

  2. Rabbi Jill Maderer says:

    Mazel tov to Mike Hauptman, the volunteer Ambassadors who help integrate new members, and everyone involved in the Open Tent initiative, for receiving the Belin Award. To learn more: http://www.rodephshalom.org/members/index.php?page=21500

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