Creating Impact in Congregational Learning I’m not just dropping them off, tell- ing them to go and do their thing. I’m actually participating with them. They see me go to a class, they see me doing Bible study, and they see that it’s something that’s impor- tant to me as well. So I’m not just telling them what to do, I’m leading them by example. See these videos and more at http://innovatingcongregations.org. It feels happy and good. We learn about each other. Not only about God, Moshe, and Sh’mot. We learn about each other. Family Kehilla has had a very good effect on the relationship with our children. We’ve asked our children to be committed to their Jewish edu- cation. And we show them our com- mitment by being with them. Do I feel closer to God after Family Kehilla? I do because I did not have a great Jewish education, so I feel that I’m learning a lot as my child is learning. And it opens up discus- sions about God, about religion, about Torah that we would have otherwise not had.
Since we have been doing this LOMED program, our teaching style has changed so much. Everything has become so much more experien- tial than it ever was before. We’re not just educating the chil- dren about Judaism; we’re creating Jewish lives. We’re not just teaching them Torah; we’re creating people See these videos and more at http://innovatingcongregations.org. who live Torah. Our involvement with the religious school has made many of these chil- dren much more well known to us and made us more well known to them. And I think that’s very impor- tant for their understanding of their connection to Temple Israel. It’s so important for the children we come in contact with to look at us and say, “Wow that’s my rabbi.” It’s important for these kids to know that they can look to us and know that we’re not just the clergy for the grownups, but that we are also their rabbis and their cantor. I think that what was so powerful for me over the last two days [of the Summer Institute] is having part- ners from different segments of the congregation who see the possibili- ties, who see how the work that we’re doing in education could beLynn Lancaster contagious and could change theEducational Director way we do things in the synagogue as a whole.