Kehillah

 

Kehillah – Connect to Community

Al tifros min haTzibbur. Do not separate yourself from your community.

– Pirke Avoth

 

Jewish life is never lived alone, even when we are by ourselves.

A central part of being Jewish is knowing that we are connected to the Jewish People. When we recite traditional Jewish prayers we are almost always speaking of “we” rather than “I.”

Yet we come together precisely because we are scattered.

Identifying with and participating in Hevrat Menorah/Menorah Fellowship is all about building community at a distance, and where you are.

-Distant Community:

Hevrat Menorah/Menorah Fellowship is built loosely around the teachings and resources of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College and Jewish Reconstructionist Communities which is organized as a rabbinical college in a partnership relationship with a network of communities.  As part of their creative work they post much online at www.jewishrecon.org that each of us can connect with.

Additionally, each of us who participates in Hevrat Menorah/Menorah Fellowship finds some combination of things such as these possibilities listed below to help us connect to our distance community members.

We connect to each other online, share with each other Jewish resources that we find online and assess those resources together.

We adopt certain devotional or study practices in common with other members of our distance fellowship.

We study the same texts together, two at a time, in partnership (havrutah) over the telephone at set times.

We share with each other on social media about the progress of our devotional activities.

We find common service projects in our areas and give advice to each other.

We travel to see each other on occasion.

-Local Community:

Each of us lives in difference circumstances.  Some of us are Jews isolated from all other Jews.  Some of us may be just discovering Judaism. Some of us may be very involved in a synagogue we love, yet we find we speak a different religious language.

Each of us has friends we can invite to our homes or to a neutral third space so we can celebrate something important to us.  Each of us may be able to find a friend to study something together with.  These friends do not have to be Jewish.  This is your gathering and your fellowship.  You can invite whomever you like.

The practice of connecting to community is on both levels.  We use technology to connect to our scattered fellowship, and we invite small numbers of local friends together for shared learning, service and celebration.