Posted on November 4th, 2013

From the President: Reflections on the Leadership Meetings

What does Adonai our God require of us: To revere, to love, to serve with all our heart and soul, and to keep the commandments and statutes of Adonai. (Deuteronomy 10:12-14)

 

These are the words with which our installation ceremony begins and the words with which we began our Leadership Meetings last month. Regardless of the place in the field of Jewish education that we work, what connects us as members of ARJE is that together we are engaged in the holy work of connecting other Jews to Torah.

 

This notion of what is really the essence and core of our work as Reform Jewish Educators was an important part of our conversations at the meetings. As promised I do wish to share with you a bit of what we discussed and how the work of the meetings will shape ARJE and the field of Jewish education. One of the many things our board discussed was our current mission statement and whether it still appropriately addresses the needs of Reform Jewish Educators in our current environment.   There was an acknowledgement that the environment in which we work, both locally and nationally has changed and our professional organization needs to address those changes. If you have specific areas of change you feel our leadership should address, please don’t hesitate to let me or any of our other leaders know.

 

The many areas our leadership are addressing, from addressing our financial structures to assessing our members’ needs are all converging into a rethinking of our mission.  We are at an exciting and busy time working on the big picture of who/what we are as an organization AND working on becoming a more effective organization in how we do our work while striving to meet the changing needs of our members. There is much important work to be done and, as always, many new and evolving roles for volunteers. Please consider how you would like to join us in this work. If you haven’t yet done so, please compete the membership involvement form here.