Jewish Emergent Initiative
Synagogue 3000 has taken a leading role in fostering the growth of emerging Jewish communities and their leaders, from across the denominational and postdenominational spectrum, in their work to redefine the meaning of synagogue and sacred community for the 21st century. S3K conceived the Jewish Emergent Initiative as a framework to recognize, cultivate and learn from their evolution.
As a matter of principle, S3K believes the Jewish community must invest in these bold new experiments. As a matter of practical and social scientific significance, S3K is committed to learning both from and about them, and then sharing best practices with Jewish congregations around the world and disseminating information about them to like-minded social entrepreneurs, communal and philanthropic leaders, and academic researchers. As a matter of relevance, S3K believes that the innovations, dynamism and creativity exhibited by these communities and their leaders are a unique and powerful source of inspiration and ideas for mainstream Jewish congregations and the Jewish community as a whole.
Jewish Emergent's greatest strength, and its greatest challenge, is that there no set answers or rules when it comes to building a congregation and a community. They know that their seminary training did not provide them with the skill sets they now need in order to develop their congregations. Their focus now is to learn together and to serve as teachers and peer advisors to each other.Project Overview: Activities and Outcomes
Synagogue 3000 thanks the Joseph & Rebecca Meyerhoff Awards Committee, the Nathan Cummings Foundation, the Fuller Family Foundation, and private donors for their generous support of this initiative.