Hakhel Resources: Community Resilience

A unique resource library for Jewish Intentional Communities.

Inspiration. Tools. Support.

Loneliness: The Existential Jewish Problem

by ELI Talk Rabbi Marc Katz
How can we make our communities nourish our broader needs of its members and become a force in tackling lonliness?
Ask your community members about lonely moment they have sensed within the community. Ask them to share it, and offer ideas for gestures which could according to them minimize that feeling. Write it down and share with all the community. Try do the same with the children.

Makom?s Community in Mitzpe Ramon

Have you thought about it: The link between parenting and community life? Take a look!
Ask yourself- What are the parenting challenges you face in your daily life? Ask your fellows what are they struggling with. Imagine what could you and your community gain from sharing, processing and learning together parenting tools....

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)

The Israeli Diaspora as a Catalyst for Jewish Peoplehood

by the Reut Institute
One of the biggest questions to be tackled: what is the significance of Israeli diaspora in Jewish peoplehood?
What is your experience in this context?

Long-Term Challenges for Jewish Communities

by Pof. Lars Dencik
?I? need a ?we? to become truly ?me?. What are the possible answers to nationalism, xenophobia and antisemitism? Be surprised of this sharp new concept.
What are your natural reactions once facing antisemitism?

Makom?s “Tarbut Community in Afula”

Look at this inspiring initiative and see how culture and art can bring people together.
What are your your wildest ideas? What would have happened if you would dare to bring it out and invite your community for a co-creation? Try!

Makom?s “Tarbut Community in Afula”

Co-creation is the heart of a community. Check how theater and feminism have formed the cornerstones of this community.
If you would have the chance to create a theater production, what would it be about? What would it look like?

The Individual and the Community

by Jonathan Dickens
For many people, joining a community can require a change of mindset. This article gives insight into the process the indiviual goes through upon joining a community as well as the process a community goes through when new members join.

Outreach and Never Giving up on Someone

by Jamie Cohen
Inclusiveness and pluralism have become cornerstone vlues of our generation, and yet they are not easy to implememnt and accomplish. This collection of texts will take on a journey to explore the meaning of boundaries, "the other" and the inner circle.
While studying the texts, try to write down and share the main characteristics of your community. whatm akes it what it is? What is its identity? After defining what your community is, ask yourselves what is not? Where do we draw the line between "inside" and "outside", and how do we treat people respectfully on both sides of the line?

Learning and Doing With Our Committees

by Gloria Becker
This sourcesheet was constructed for a specific US community, but we find it, and its questions, highly relevant to almost any community within the Hakhel network. Come learn and see for yourself
Read through the texts together, and discuss the questions within it

Lo Titgodedu: Do Not Separate Yourself from the Community

by Eryn London
Being alone is defined as the first "not good" thing in the Torah, and leads to the creation of the first companionship. Along the same line, the commandment of "Lo Titgodedoo" means that we should not separate ourselves from one antoher even when we have deep disagreements.
After learning the sources ask yourself what do they mean to you as a community? Try to map out up to 3 major conflicts and/or disagreements you have within the community and ask yourselves what is more important: to be right or to be together?

I Don’t Trust Rabbis, So I Became One

by Elad Nehorai
Rabbis and religious leaders can be a surce for inspiration and thriving communities, but sometimes they can do the opposite, unfortuantely. In this self revealing text, one of Hakhel's communities leaders shares his personal exprience in this journey, and how he chose to actually become a Rabbi and serve as a positive role model

Social Permaculture – What Is It?

by Starhawk
It's not just poetic, it's practical. Connection between nature's cycle and social constructions. This is true food for thought.

Social Permaculture: Applying the Principles

by brush
What does it take to apply nature's wisdom into community life? In few minutes you can step into a new experiment with your community.