- What makes a neighborhood Jewish? What makes a place a neighborhood? Many people are more mobile today, moving from job to job, town to town. What roots them in a place? Can we develop shared histories and connectionsthat transcend place — that transcend a specific and shared geography? Is being rooted in a Jewish community — by virtue of physical proximity and shared experiences — important to building a sense of connectedness?
- What role could cultural institutions play in growing neighbohoods? What role does the neighborhood — the terrain surrounding one’s home — play in cultural production?
- What role do virtual communities — such as virtual synagogues — and social media play in the establishment of non-specific neighborhoods? What do we gain and what do we lose when we’re connected without a brick-and-mortar center?
- How have the roles of national and international umbrella organizations changed over the past decade with the decentralization of authority, power, and place? Can these umbrellas reclaim new and more vital positions in our larger Jewish infrastructure?