The Spirituality of Welcoming: How to Transform Your Congregation into a Sacred Community

by Dr. Ron Wolfson. Jewish Lights Publishing, 2006.
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In this book, Dr. Ron Wolfson casts a compelling vision for how synagogues can become vibrant spiritual centers in their communities. With energetic and descriptive language, he paints a picture of synagogues as sacred communities; communities where people experience engaging worship, vibrant relationships, meaningful learning and profound healing. And Wolfson maintains, “The key lies in a spirituality of welcoming…” Ron draws insight from his leadership with Synagogue 2000-a decade-long groundbreaking study of the challenges facing modern Synagogues. He also incorporates learning from the business sector and mega-church movement. The book outlines how a synagogue can become a place of deep welcome; an inviting center where hospitality is expressed in all aspects of congregational life. This book is practical. It describes the nuts and bolts of creating a welcoming faith community. And it’s inspiring and energizing. Congregational leaders, Jewish and non-Jewish alike, will find this book full of great ideas and applications related to helping their own faith communities become places of welcome and healing.

Reviewed by Beth Booram



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