Feedback from our community
A Diverse and Welcoming Community
Our diversity is a strength and many in our community feel welcomed and included. And, there is more work to do to provide access to Jewish life for all. We heard concerns about caring for the elderly in our community, a rise in social isolation, and some people slipping through the cracks; we also heard encouragement to share and expand different opportunities for people to connect to Judaism, whether through or outside of traditional institutions.
CJP’s Anti-Poverty Initiative
Gateways: Access to Jewish Education
JCC Greater Boston
JCC North Shore
JewishBoston.com’s Disability Inclusion Resources
Jewish Family and Children’s Service Older Adults Programs
Jewish Multiracial Network
JewishBoston.com Singles Mingle
Jewish Women of Boston
Ruderman Family Foundation Disability Inclusion
Synagogues and CJP Partnerships
Yachad – The National Jewish Council for Disabilities
Engaging the Next Generation
We heard general concerns about whether our next generation will stay connected to Jewish life, the Jewish community, and Israel. People have different diagnoses of the challenge and suggestions for how to address this, but there is widespread consensus that this is a top priority. Additionally, many expressed a need for access to resources, support, and tools to combat anti-Semitism. Others want training and skill-building to contribute to a productive conversation around Israel.
We are a community passionate about Israel, and one that has many different points of view. There is broad agreement that we should provide meaningful connections to Israel and opportunities to learn more about Israel for members of the community at all ages. Many encouraged us to “stand with Israel” as a community; many also shared concerns that there is not yet space for diverse perspectives on Israel and encouraged us to facilitate more civil discourse and dialogue about Israel across these viewpoints.
The Jewish Communal Eco-System
There is important and innovative work happening across our community, but many institutions need better support and access to resources to sustain themselves and thrive. Moreover, both to avoid competition and to improve collaboration, many suggested that CJP help to provide better coordination and communication. Some suggested that CJP needs to do a better job communicating about its work and role in the community.
Jewish Life and Learning
Our Boston Jewish community loves to learn in myriad ways. The intellectual depth found throughout our community is a source of pride; people also appreciate that we have prioritized Jewish education. Many called for us to ensure that existing models are more accessible and compelling, and to identify places where new models are needed. We heard specific concerns about teens post-B’nei Mitzvah.
Discover Jewish Day School
Eser Young Adult Learning
Hebrew College/CJP Meah Adult Learning
Hebrew College Community Learning
JewishBoston.com Directory of Adult Jewish Learning Offerings
Jewish Teen Initiative
New England Historic Genealogical Society
Many members of the community cited our social justice (tzedek) work as a source of pride. We heard broad support for social justice efforts beyond the Jewish community and encouragement to create more opportunities for people to live out their Jewish values by giving back to the broader world. We also heard concerns from people who feel that we do not focus enough on caring for and sustaining our particular Jewish community. Overall, there seems to be encouragement to keep these in balance, though people have differing perspectives on what this balance should look like.
2Life Communities Volunteer Opportunities
CJP’s Social Justice (Tzedek) Initiative
Greater Boston Jewish Coalition for Literacy
JCRC Reach Out
Join for Justice
Jewish Alliance for Law and Social Action (JALSA)
Jewish Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Boston
Jewish Climate Action Network
Jewish Family and Children’s Service
Jewish Family Service of Metrowest
Jewish Teen Initiative
participated in The 360Five listening tour
had never before attended a CJP event
(Based on data through 2/19)