Talya Oberfield explains what happens when a group of American Jews in Israel l experience permaculture and the “edge effect” — the interaction at the borders between separate niches … where things happen. Transition zones in nature, where edges meet, are the most active, productive and stable due to their biodiversity.
Rachel Nussbaum set out four years ago to create a community that coupled the sense of engagement sparked by local, grass-roots communities with the professional support and infrastructure provided by synagogue communities.
Andy Bachman looks at the precipice between indie minyan and mainstream. “The movement for the revitalization of Jewish life has relied too heavily on making everything free while Judaism has endured, paradoxically, as a tradition of moral and ethical obligation. Teaching a new generation to feel an obligation to support Jewish life is a challenge faced by every generation, and we seem to have found a fairly simple formula: greater ownership, greater support.”
Saul Kaiserman explores how values & knowledge are transmitted as families choose “venues for Jewish education outside the established settings; some are having their children privately tutored and celebrating lifecycle ceremonies outside of synagogues. Others are taking advantage of online resources and social networking to gather information and make decisions about their religious lives both in lieu of ‘classroom environments’ and without affiliating with a particular community or adhering to a single authority.”
For 3,000 years, Jewish people have asked, “Is this food kosher?” — that is, is this food fit to eat? You might think that, after all this time, we’d have sorted out what this question means, and/or how to answer it.
“I retired with over 300 sick days, for what?” My father spoke these words the day after he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer that had spread to his liver.
What is the relationship between the draw of DIY and a contemporary yearning for community? How might organizations — like JCCs, synagogues, schools — build on DIY innovation and passion? What core values inform the DIY movement?