- Each video in this series makes the claim that it is the most important Jewish priority. Based on the video and your own thoughts, make a compelling case for why Jewish community should be the most important priority within the Jewish world.
- As a group, brainstorm all of the different contexts within Judaism where community is built in (ie: marriage, learning, minyan). Can Judaism exist without community? Why or why not?
- With so much diversity within the Jewish community (religiously, politically, ideologically etc), what concrete steps can be taken to unify the larger Jewish community? Are there things that all Jews have in common?
- Seven of the Ten Commandments are focused on creating a just society/community. Why do you think community is such an important concept in Judaism?
- Watch this video from Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks z”l and then answer the question: what role does diversity play in the Jewish community/communities?
- Rabbi Mordecai Kaplan suggested the idea of a “shul with a pool” in order to make the synagogue the central institution for Jews regardless of religious background. A newer Jewish communal institution is the Jewish community center. What do you think is the purpose of the Jewish community center as opposed to the synagogue? Do you think they should be one combined institution or separate ones?
- Rabbi Ed Feinstein has said:
“Judaism has no language to describe the existential “I,” the experience of the lone individual struggling with life. Jewish language is built on the premise that there is no “I” without a “we.” But the “I” without a “We” is precisely the condition of modernity.”
How do we deal with our need for community while simultaneously pursuing self-interest?