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Conference

6th Annual
Jewish Intentional Communities Conference
for Hakhel Members

March 28-31, 2019
Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center
Falls Village, CT

A festival of communities that strengthens their collective destiny


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Come celebrate the power of community

The Jewish Intentional Communities Conference is a joyous celebration of Jewish communities all over the world and an opportunity for people to learn, share, and collaborate.

The 2019 conference is open to Hakhel members only.
If you would like to join our network you are welcome to apply.

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The Program

The Jewish Intentional Communities conference is designed for making connections, visioning, skill building, exchanging wisdom, and sharing the beauty of Shabbat together.

Stay Tuned for the 2019 Program

Previous Year Program Books

The Beis
with Hart Levine

Come learn about community organizing and practical data tools, using a case study from one of Hakhel’s pilot projects – The Beis Community in NYC. You’ll learn about neighborhood-based, spiritual-oriented, mission-driven communities, and think about how to apply these tools and lessons to your community.

How to Create a Spiritual Jam Session
with Rabbi Ben Newman

Join Rabbi Ben Newman and members of Shtiebel for a spiritual jam session where you will learn how to create the perfect atmosphere for community expression. Bring your instrument if you have one. Chords and words will be provided.

Pop-Up Giving Circle
with Joelle Asaro Berman

Wondering how your intentional community can interact more meaningfully with one another – and with your surrounding community? Giving circles are spaces where we discover our values, and act on them by giving to others. This “pop-up giving circle” will give us a taste of the experience, and will empower us to give a real grant together.

 

Design Thinking
with Zohar and Gilit Ginosar

This is the time and space during which participants will acquire the tools to expand horizons, develop a context for their ideas and methodologies, and design their own future. Led by two experts in the field, participants will have the opportunity to experience the power of a global network through an idea-sharing process.

Hakhel Present Panels

We encourage you to attend a panel for one of the communities below that is different from your own community. Sessions include: American Communities, Co-housing Communities, European & Russian-speaking Communities, and Israeli Communities. The four sessions below will each be held twice. Choose one session to attend during each round.

Plenary: Israel-Diaspora Relations
moderated by Rabbi Sid Shwartz

Israel was born out of the Diaspora and has been supported by it since then. In the 21st century the traditional relationships between the Jewish State and the rest of the Jewish people are becoming more complicated. Hear viewpoints from Israeli and Diaspora Jews as they discuss the future of this relationship and our role as intentional communities in it.

 

Transformational Tools for Increasing Intimacy in Community Programming
with Melanie Kessler

How do you turn an event into a gathering, a holiday event into a party, and dinner into a heartwarming meal? For the past two decades, Melanie has created congregational programs, family-based schools, ceremonies and festivals designed to transform a group of people into a community. She will share tips and tools for how to encourage deeper levels of sharing, how to create rituals that inspire community participation.

Kenissa: The New Face(s) of American Jewish Life
with Rabbi Sid Shwartz

In a pioneering new national project called Kenissa (entrance-way): Communities of Meaning Network, Rabbi Sid is uncovering an array of organizations across North America that are re-inventing conceptions of Jewish identity and Jewish life. Many of these organizations are operating under the radar of the organized Jewish community and attracting the next generation of American Jews who are, for the most part, bypassing by the organized Jewish community.

What People are Saying…

The conference was an incredibly eye opening experience where I met people from all over the world and got the sense that I am not alone in building Jewish community. I hope to come back next year with my family and possibly even present.
—Allan, Atlanta Jewish Community

Our hope is that this conference will bring many of these people together, and that by doing so we’ll really kindle that spark.
—Nigel Savage, Founder and CEO of Hazon

The conference led me to question the pervasive values of our society. I have to ask what is important as I go into the next stage of my life. My husband and I have always been interested in living in a community where things are shared more but realized that it doesn’t just happen. You have to make it happen.
—Participant


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The 2016 and 2018 conferences were made possible through the Schusterman Foundation