People of the Book,   Estee Solomon Gray @estee
                      May 13, 2010
People of the Link    Erev Rosh Chodesh...
“ opens the CJM as a laboratory to
explore practical applications for forging
new paths in Jewish education.”




        ...
me




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Launch Party                            D’var Torah

                           source: Solomon Gray family




          ...
MEME           (pronounced /miːm/, rhyming with "cream"[1])




a postulated unit of cultural ideas, symbols or practices,...
D’VAR TORAH                  (Heb: ‫( )דבר תורה‬Plural: Divrei Torah)


 a talk on topics relating to a section (parashah)...
1995   2000   2005   2010
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People of the Link

The link, not the book, is
(and always has been)
the core         of Judaism.
        concept
        ...
From
                                                      covenant & commandment
                                        ...
which means




              10
This is a great
time and place
to be & do Jewish !


“The #1 predictor of success in
students today is the ability to
orga...
Birth of A Meme




 Tree of Life, Lynn Silton, Palo Alto, 1997 silk, dyes, threads,paints, beads, stones
                ...
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CONGRUITY




Estee’s professional/community life
1970-2010

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1995




       1995

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✔mother-in-law support system                source: Solomon Gray family




    life changing experience   the C in MPJCD...
not                                        but




                       source: Institute for Research on Learning




L...
not                                 but




                                       source:John Seely Brown




  Work is S...
COMMUNITY OF PRACTICE                                         (often pronounced “see oh pea” or “cop”)




The organizatio...
source:John Seely Brown




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meaning
CoP = Learning =
Innovation = Local
Interpretation = Practice
                                                    ...
source:John Seely Brown



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[LAY? !




Three Eras of Jewish History
                               Rabbi Yitz Greenberg
  Three Stages of Covenant
  ...
So that’s why ...

  ‣‘The Jews’ actually skipped the whole pyramid hierarchy thing.
  ‣ We’ve been living & evolving radi...
9th c. Quran                           Napoleon




                             “People of the Book” NOT
mind freeing pai...
Why didn’t
                             you tell me ?!


                             about what, John?
JSB


            ...
So what does it MEAN?




      Earth, Lynn Silton, Palo Alto, 1997 silk, dyes, threads,paints, beads, stones
            ...
NODE                TIE            NODE

                  link
                relationship
                connection


...
covenant




Covenant
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commandment / commandedness

          covenant




Commandment      on Shavuot


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commentary
                                           community

             Commentary
              Community
         ...
Connection   Ruth


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Relationship is the Jewish core

How do we know ?
Ask yourself ..

Why did OneGod not preserve peace and perfection?
Why d...
To see oneself as a Jew is to see oneself as
part of a conversation.

A conversation that extends over time, space, media,...
We learn, therefore we are.
                             source: Sacks, 1993 in Plaskoff, 2008




                      a...
1. Learning is inherent in human nature.
2. Learning is the ability to negotiate meaning.
3. Learning creates bounded emer...
Ok, so what does it look like in
          practice?




           Babel, Lynn Silton, Palo Alto, 1999 silk, dyes, thread...
Learning


chevruta
va’ad
beit midrash
.....

               http://pennhillel.org/files/u64/SNL_brochure_pics__4_smaller.j...
Chevruta Assignment On Arrogance




+                   +                       +




                        Mussar Inst...
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The Social Talmud

                    42
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Peoplehood




             http://pennhillel.org/files/u64/SNL_brochure_pics__4_smaller.jpg

                             ...
2001

 “The network is emerging as the
 signature form of organization
 in the Information Age, just as
 bureaucracy stamp...
46
47
NETWORK   (source: Connected, Christakis & Fowler)
STRUCTURE
                                                       48
(source: Patti Anklam)



  NETWORK
                NETWORK
CULTIVATION
                                       49
The Jewish
Innovation Sector
“ Where the unity-focused system of the twentieth
century sought to bring together a diversit...
51
Upstart Bay Area

                   52
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BLOGOSPHERE   Source: Esther Kustanowitz



                                           54
BBYO

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Worship

‣ “A community that asks all
 Jews to take hold of Torah”

‣“A   grassroots movement”
      Kehillat Hader ->
   ...
Judaism has always been a religion of
grassroots organizing ...

The real question is not how are independent minyanim
new...
The crisis is not one of theory...

There is no new “big idea”; there is just investment in the
old, but in a serious, mea...
‣Key success factors in founding an independent minyan:
 ‣ an inspirational experience
 ‣ a personal tie with someone else...
‣   Focused on building an empowered laity, not on ordaining rabbis
‣   Not limited to one gender
‣   An immersive encount...
In a world with no clear answers , what better way to reflect on the
assumptions by which we live our lives than to encount...
It is too soon to tell
whether we are in the
midst of a middle-sized
blip in Jewish communal
creativity, or the beginning
...
Jewish Education




      http://t3.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:iixjTVjJ78tfYM:http://elearning.huc.edu/wordpress/continuing...
NY Coalition of Innovating Congregations   Networks are the keystone.

                                                   ...
NY Coalition of Innovating Congregations
- Social Network Analysis 2009
                                           Documen...
Capturing & Cultivating the Intangible
Value Network Modeling - Facing History and Ourselves - ESG, 2009


               ...
Alright, alright, but SO WHAT?




       Tree of Life, Lynn Silton, Palo Alto, 1997 silk, dyes, threads,paints, beads, st...
‣ Words Matter.
 ‣ Stories and metaphors communicate complex
   wisdom.
 ‣ Models shape possibility.
 ‣ Language itself is...
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From
                                                      covenant & commandment
                                        ...
The Most Famous Meme Map                A More Linked Meme Map
 (aka “O’Reilly’s web 2.0 meme map”)             (aka “Este...
People of the Link


www.peopleofthelink.org
  @PeopleoftheLink
       #PotL



                          InterTwined , R....
SPECIAL THANKS TO
estee@peopleofthelink.org     Lynn Silton

@estee                        Esther Kustanowitz
            ...
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People of the Link @ The Contemporary Jewish Museum 2010

  1. 1. People of the Book, Estee Solomon Gray @estee May 13, 2010 People of the Link Erev Rosh Chodesh Sivan 5770 - 45th day of the Omer The Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco 1
  2. 2. “ opens the CJM as a laboratory to explore practical applications for forging new paths in Jewish education.” 2
  3. 3. me 3
  4. 4. Launch Party D’var Torah source: Solomon Gray family picture of child doing d’var torah Tonight because words matter 4
  5. 5. MEME (pronounced /miːm/, rhyming with "cream"[1]) a postulated unit of cultural ideas, symbols or practices, which can be transmitted from one mind to another through writing, speech, gestures, rituals or other imitable phenomena. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meme#Meme_maps 5
  6. 6. D’VAR TORAH (Heb: ‫( )דבר תורה‬Plural: Divrei Torah) a talk on topics relating to a section (parashah) of the Torah – typically the weekly Torah portion. ... Divrei Torah can range in length ... In most congregations, it will not last much longer than fifteen minutes, but in the case of Rebbes or special occasions, a Dvar Torah can last all afternoon. It is extremely likely that a D'var Torah will carry a life lesson, backed up by passages from certain Jewish texts like the Talmud or Mishnah. It is also known as a Drasha in Ashkenazic communities. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/D'var_Torah#D.27var_Torah The institution of the d’var Torah--literally a "word of Torah," a lesson or sermon interpreting a text, which can be delivered by anyone, lay or clergy--reflects a fundamental Jewish belief in the infinite interpretive possibilities of Torah. This concept is best articulated in Mishnah Avot 5:22, “Turn it and turn it; for everything Dvar Torah: Preparation is in it,” and in the rabbinic assertion that each person who stood at Sinai saw a different face of Torah. While the concept of the d’var Torah may be empowering, the prospect of preparing one can be intimidating. However, preparing and presenting a d’var Torah doesn't necessarily demand vast Jewish knowledge or extensive rhetorical skills. It requires only a willingness to explore a text and to share your exploration with others. 6
  7. 7. 1995 2000 2005 2010 7
  8. 8. People of the Link The link, not the book, is (and always has been) the core of Judaism. concept practice value meaning InterTwined , R. Justin Stewart ( www.rjustin.com ) 8
  9. 9. From covenant & commandment to community, commentary & conversation, the most basic acts of Jewish life are all forms of linking. text ritual learning prayer practice peoplehood ..... InterTwined , R. Justin Stewart ( www.rjustin.com ) 9
  10. 10. which means 10
  11. 11. This is a great time and place to be & do Jewish ! “The #1 predictor of success in students today is the ability to organize study groups.” John Seely Brown, When Push Turns to Pull The Churchill Club @the Computer History Museum, May 4, 2010 http://pennhillel.org/files/u64/SNL_brochure_pics__4_smaller.jpg 11
  12. 12. Birth of A Meme Tree of Life, Lynn Silton, Palo Alto, 1997 silk, dyes, threads,paints, beads, stones 12
  13. 13. 13
  14. 14. CONGRUITY Estee’s professional/community life 1970-2010 14
  15. 15. 1995 1995 15
  16. 16. ✔mother-in-law support system source: Solomon Gray family life changing experience the C in MPJCDS 16
  17. 17. not but source: Institute for Research on Learning Learning is Social “Learning is Becoming” 17
  18. 18. not but source:John Seely Brown Work is Social “We participate therefore we are.” 18
  19. 19. COMMUNITY OF PRACTICE (often pronounced “see oh pea” or “cop”) The organizational development (OD) concept of a community of practice (often abbreviated as CoP) refers to the process of social learning that occurs when people who have a common interest in some subject or problem, collaborate to share ideas, find solutions, and build innovations. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Community_of_practice “A social history of learning that has become a social structure.” Etienne Wenger, CP Square - Oct 2007 19
  20. 20. source:John Seely Brown 20
  21. 21. meaning CoP = Learning = Innovation = Local Interpretation = Practice reification participation “Wisdom resides in the skills, understandings, and relationships… as well as in the tools, documents, and processes of practitioners in the field.” identity COMMUNITY OF PRACTICE source: Etienne Wenger 21
  22. 22. source:John Seely Brown 22
  23. 23. 23
  24. 24. [LAY? ! Three Eras of Jewish History Rabbi Yitz Greenberg Three Stages of Covenant 24
  25. 25. So that’s why ... ‣‘The Jews’ actually skipped the whole pyramid hierarchy thing. ‣ We’ve been living & evolving radically linked architectures for millennia. omg-d moment 25
  26. 26. 9th c. Quran Napoleon “People of the Book” NOT mind freeing pair of facts “eglise” NOT 26
  27. 27. Why didn’t you tell me ?! about what, John? JSB The TALMUD, of course stopped-me-dead-in- my-tracks question 27
  28. 28. So what does it MEAN? Earth, Lynn Silton, Palo Alto, 1997 silk, dyes, threads,paints, beads, stones 28
  29. 29. NODE TIE NODE link relationship connection person G-d person self person person Link 29
  30. 30. covenant Covenant 30
  31. 31. commandment / commandedness covenant Commandment on Shavuot 31
  32. 32. commentary community Commentary Community and so on .. Conversation 32
  33. 33. Connection Ruth 33
  34. 34. Relationship is the Jewish core How do we know ? Ask yourself .. Why did OneGod not preserve peace and perfection? Why did OneGod create multiplicity ? In order to be in relationship. Rabbi Lavey Darby Congregation Rodeph Shalom, Marin, @ Wexner Shabbaton 34
  35. 35. To see oneself as a Jew is to see oneself as part of a conversation. A conversation that extends over time, space, media, generations .. In fact, Judaism IS the conversation. Arnold Eisen, Chancellor of Jewish Theological Seminary, speaking to MPJCDS board, c 1997 35
  36. 36. We learn, therefore we are. source: Sacks, 1993 in Plaskoff, 2008 and “Lo ba’shamayim he” (It is not in heaven.) source:Talmud Jewish learning arises from & creates two ‘proof’ phrases Communities of Practice 36
  37. 37. 1. Learning is inherent in human nature. 2. Learning is the ability to negotiate meaning. 3. Learning creates bounded emergent structures. 4. Learning is fundamentally experiential and social. 5. Learning involves a transformation of identity thru trajectories of participation. 6. Learning involves social energy and power. 7. Learning involves engagement, imagination, and alignment. 8. Learning involves the interplay of the local and the global source: Josh Plaskoff, PhD Thesis University of Indiana School of Education Etienne’s Wenger’s 10 Principles of Learning in 8 37
  38. 38. Ok, so what does it look like in practice? Babel, Lynn Silton, Palo Alto, 1999 silk, dyes, threads,paints, beads, stones 38
  39. 39. Learning chevruta va’ad beit midrash ..... http://pennhillel.org/files/u64/SNL_brochure_pics__4_smaller.jpg 39
  40. 40. Chevruta Assignment On Arrogance + + + Mussar Institute Chaburah Program, Chevruta Social Talmud Study on Arrogance : Tractate Sotah pages 4b and 5a 40
  41. 41. 41
  42. 42. The Social Talmud 42
  43. 43. 43
  44. 44. Peoplehood http://pennhillel.org/files/u64/SNL_brochure_pics__4_smaller.jpg 44
  45. 45. 2001 “The network is emerging as the signature form of organization in the Information Age, just as bureaucracy stamped the Industrial Age.” 45
  46. 46. 46
  47. 47. 47
  48. 48. NETWORK (source: Connected, Christakis & Fowler) STRUCTURE 48
  49. 49. (source: Patti Anklam) NETWORK NETWORK CULTIVATION 49
  50. 50. The Jewish Innovation Sector “ Where the unity-focused system of the twentieth century sought to bring together a diversity of individuals in a single organization, the innovation ecosystem fosters a diversity of organizations that serve specific interests, or niches. The health of each organization is not dependent on its size or scale, but rather on the quality of its interactions, the nature of its specialization, and its ability to adapt. Organizations do not need to become large to have impact. In fact, many participants prefer more intimate settings.” 50
  51. 51. 51
  52. 52. Upstart Bay Area 52
  53. 53. 53
  54. 54. BLOGOSPHERE Source: Esther Kustanowitz 54
  55. 55. BBYO 55
  56. 56. Worship ‣ “A community that asks all Jews to take hold of Torah” ‣“A grassroots movement” Kehillat Hader -> Machon Hadar -> Yeshivat Hadar 56
  57. 57. Judaism has always been a religion of grassroots organizing ... The real question is not how are independent minyanim new, but how are suburban synagogues - a product of early to mid-twentieth century - a departure from a Jewish organizing heritage shared by minyanim, havurot and dozens of Jewish communal structures of years past. Not new Rabbi Elie Kaunfer, Empowered Judaism 57
  58. 58. The crisis is not one of theory... There is no new “big idea”; there is just investment in the old, but in a serious, meaningful, and thoughtful way. A different kind of community is possible, and we are capable of building that community. Not scary, either Rabbi Elie Kaunfer, Empowered Judaism 58
  59. 59. ‣Key success factors in founding an independent minyan: ‣ an inspirational experience ‣ a personal tie with someone else who started a minyan ‣ dynamic networks ‣ freedom from organizational ties ‣Operations: ‣ no central office ‣ ceding of control to small capable rotating core team ‣ google for day-to-day tasks ‣ focus on the substance, not the institution ‣ “the stability of instability” Lessons from the Field notes on “Empowered Judaism” 59
  60. 60. ‣ Focused on building an empowered laity, not on ordaining rabbis ‣ Not limited to one gender ‣ An immersive encounter; intensive schedule ‣ f2f as the “new” technology (computer free zone in beit midrash) ‣ Fellows, not just students ‣ Reclaiming language, reinventing form Yeshivat Hadar 60
  61. 61. In a world with no clear answers , what better way to reflect on the assumptions by which we live our lives than to encounter the sometimes foreign and unfamiliar values inherent in our tradition and let ourselves be surprised, shocked and challenged by them? Torah study offers a way to approach the other. ... mixing among those with orthodox backgrounds and those without is very prevalent in the minyanim in a way unthinkable in a previous generation... That Jews are increasingly unwilling to settle for a broad definition is positive ... A world without convenient categories is a world that calls on people to take more ownership of the type of Judaism they want to practice in the world. Minyangoers report they are affiliated with an average of five different Jewish communities ... a friend’s minyan in another city, an annual retreat ... and very comfortable meeting in non-jewish spaces, Shaken Assumptions notes on “Empowered Judaism” New Realities 61
  62. 62. It is too soon to tell whether we are in the midst of a middle-sized blip in Jewish communal creativity, or the beginning of a major revival. But something is surely afoot, with activity in such diverse quarters as congregational life, social justice activism, experimental philanthropy, music, filmmaking, and other cultural endeavors. 62
  63. 63. Jewish Education http://t3.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:iixjTVjJ78tfYM:http://elearning.huc.edu/wordpress/continuinged/wp-content/uploads/2010/02/hebrew-notebook-260x300.jpg 63
  64. 64. NY Coalition of Innovating Congregations Networks are the keystone. 64
  65. 65. NY Coalition of Innovating Congregations - Social Network Analysis 2009 Documenting & Changing the Sad Reality 65
  66. 66. Capturing & Cultivating the Intangible Value Network Modeling - Facing History and Ourselves - ESG, 2009 66
  67. 67. Alright, alright, but SO WHAT? Tree of Life, Lynn Silton, Palo Alto, 1997 silk, dyes, threads,paints, beads, stones 67
  68. 68. ‣ Words Matter. ‣ Stories and metaphors communicate complex wisdom. ‣ Models shape possibility. ‣ Language itself is action, Jewishly speaking. ‣ LINK is happening. ‣ text ‣ ritual ‣ learning ‣ prayer 2010 ‣ practice ‣ peoplehood ‣ “& as we look to the week ahead..” ‣ all: “kneh l’cha kehillah” - Make yourself a network ‣ educators: relationship is your business. ‣ entreprenuers & leaders: invest in the mesh. ‣ technologists & creatives: sages you shall be! ‣ parents: stop worrying, start praising 2010 68
  69. 69. 69
  70. 70. From covenant & commandment to community, commentary & conversation, the most basic acts of Jewish life are all forms of linking. People of the Book People of the Link text ritual learning prayer practice peoplehood ..... Even the Book is Linked. InterTwined , R. Justin Stewart ( www.rjustin.com ) 70
  71. 71. The Most Famous Meme Map A More Linked Meme Map (aka “O’Reilly’s web 2.0 meme map”) (aka “Estee’s Brain”) Please link yourself in ! 71
  72. 72. People of the Link www.peopleofthelink.org @PeopleoftheLink #PotL InterTwined , R. Justin Stewart ( www.rjustin.com ) 72
  73. 73. SPECIAL THANKS TO estee@peopleofthelink.org Lynn Silton @estee Esther Kustanowitz Deb Schultz 73

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