Ten Commandments for a More Welcoming Synagogue

Blog. Ronen Neuwirth. September 22, 2014.


This blog web resource, provided by Rabbi Ronen Neuwirth, the Rabbi of Ohel Ari Congregation in Raanana, Israel and the Executive Director of Beit Hillel: Attentive Spiritual Leadership, a Modern-Orthodox spiritual leadership organization, addresses hospitality in synagogues, particularly during the High Holy Days.


series of 10 hospitality commandments; quotes from Hillel

Recommended Audience

Clergy and lay leaders



Practical Applications

  • Help ease the sense of "other-ness" from guests within your congregation.
  • Learn ways to make appropriate commentary that can be added to the services.

About the Contributor

Tim Shapiro

Tim Shapiro is the Indianapolis Center’s president. He began serving the Center in 2003 after 18 years in pastoral ministry. For 14 years, Tim served Westminster Presbyterian Church in Xenia, Ohio. Prior to his pastorate at Westminster, he was pastor of Bethlehem Presbyterian Church in Logansport, Indiana. He holds degrees from Purdue University and Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary.

Tim’s interest in how congregations learn to do new things is represented in his book How Your Congregation LearnsAfter his extensive work on the Center’s Sacred Space initiative, Tim co-authored the book Holy Places: Matching Sacred Space with Mission and MessageHe has also authored several articles, including Applying Positive Deviance and The Congregation of Theological Coherence.

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