Hakhel Resources: Alliance and Unity

A unique resource library for Jewish Intentional Communities.

Inspiration. Tools. Support.

The Welfare State: Is the Jewish Approach to Poverty Individual or Communal?

by Richard Friedman
This piece explores the integral connection between social justice, welfare and community.
Ask your board members: in what sense we apply already to these values and where do we still have a way to go. Good luck!

Communal Visioning

by No credit
How can you get the grip of communal values, word them and turn them into a maifest which will lead to practical steps? Here is a useful manual especially for that important purpose.

10 Years Later, Moishe House Remains More Committed Than Ever to the 20-Somethings Building Communities

by David Cygielman, eJP
This world famous project is so successful because of the spirit within. Horizontal leadership, dialogue and inclusivity bring Judaism to the next level. Youngsters take the lead.

The Power of Community

by Sara Munk
Communtiy can be a framework for human growth and spirituality, but it can also be a place where people feel opressed, controlled and marginalized by the collective. In Jewish tradition we have a plethora of resources exploring this tension, and guiding us in the right direction. This sourcesheet brings a collection of some of them
After studying the texts, chart a table with two columns: on one side write together what in the community increases your level of freedom, and on the other side write what does not. After you have mapped this, try to figure out as a group how you can better manage the balance between individual freedom (and loneliness) and collective commitment (and togetherness)

Pluralism: Why It Just Doesn’t Do It For Me

by Yocheved Sidof
Pluralism means something different to everyone, based on their cultural normals and social background. This piece explores the implications of pluralism as the writer understands it.
How familiar are you with 'other' streams of Judaism? Test yourself

Who are Your Guests?

by Eryn London
What is Sukkot all about? Go one step further into the anceint tradition and discover what it means to host guest in your home or community

Universalism and Particularism: The Dignity of Difference

by Andrea Steinberger
This piece articulate the significance of the individual and the place of celebrating diversity in Jewish tradition

The Individual and Society (R’ Chaim Navon, Yeshivat Har Etzion)

by Yael Levine
Where is the line between healthy expressions of individualism and communal unity? This piece discusses the question in depth.

The Cohens: Intentional Community Builders

by Daniel Spiro, Spiritual Fringe blog
Living your passion is not just beautiful, it is powerful as well. This story shows how much power you can gain of insisting on an accurate connection between core faith and the implementaion format of your belief.

Shmittah Unplugged

by Aharon Ariel Lavi
This sourcesheet is divided into chapters. You can either study them one after the other or go straight to the issues that are most interesting for you.

Realigning the Synagogue Playbook

by Eli Talk Rabbi Jeremy Fine
What is the ideal relationship between the Rabbi and his community? How does this role change in different types of settings?

Intentional Community

by Leah Josephson
A deeper dive into the origins of the intentional community movement

Individual and Community

by Aharon Ariel Lavi
What is the difference between charity and welfare? And why is it so relevant in a community setting? A collection of sources will provide you with some food for thought.

7 Habits of Highly United Jews

by Eli Talk David Bratslavsky
Try to imagine what could be to achieved if your community was more united. This resource will provide you with seven tools to acheive this.
Ask your partners and yourself: In what way are we modeling unity? How is our internal dialog reflecting openness and unity?

Love Your Fellow

by Danny Gold
How is it that in communities build around social activism, the core value of loving your neighbour can be forgotton? This resource can help you get to the bottom of the problem
Design an event dedicated to this theme. Let the children offer an activity, where they can play their role in the community