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Putting People First: Elevating Kehillah through Relationships

Relationships are at the heart of vibrant congregations.  Dr. Ron Wolfson, author of Relational Judaism, the community organizing professionals from JOIN for Justice, and leaders from local synagogues will share strategies for building strong communities that prioritize interpersonal connections over transactional interactions. 

Sunday, February 23, 2014 in Westchester, at Beth El Synagogue Center, 1324 North Ave, New Rochelle, NY , 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Sunday, February 23, 2014 on Long Island, at
Mid-Island Y JCC, 45 Manetto Hill Road, Plainview; 3:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Monday, February 24, 2014 in the Manhattan office of UJA-Federation, 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

About the presenters:

Dr. Ron Wolfson is the Fingerhut Professor of Education at American Jewish University, President of Synagogue 3000/NextDor, and author of Relational Judaism: Using the Power of Relationships to Transform the Jewish Community (Jewish Lights Publishing).

JOIN for Justice strengthens the community organizing practice of Jewish organizers, leaders, and entire organizations so that the Jewish community can effectively play a role in the social justice struggles of our country. JOIN for Justice also promotes and develops the art and science of organizing among Jews in order to strengthen the Jewish community itself by helping build Jewish communities of relationship, mission, and action.

SYNERGY’s Synagogue Leadership Development opportunities are offered in cooperation with the Orthodox Union; the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism; the Union for Reform Judaism; the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College; and MetroASE (Metropolitan Association for Synagogue Executives).

American Sign Language interpreters are available. Please contact us at least five business days prior to the event to make arrangements.


  • Sunday, February 23, 2014 - Monday, February 24, 2014
  • 12:00 a.m. - 12:00 a.m.


  • see above for locations

Additional Information

  • For more information, please contact Sarah Ecton at or 212.836.1710.