A young man in the community who has planned Jewish programs for his peers, for young adults, has high energy and is genuinely interested in Jewish life walked into our Jewish Engagement Lab this week curious about what goes on there. I love to see this kind of participation. Why? Because he didn't come in with a purpose. But he came, curious, making time out of his day and contributed. And even more, he found something interesting to do.
As he entered the room, he was warm, enthusiastic, and made his way, introducing himself and mingling with regulars from the Lab and newcomers alike. Each time the Jewish Engagement Lab meets we have easily 3-5 new people in attendance. The warmth, and high energy is infectious. As new friends are made, and in some cases old acquaintances are refreshed, new relationships are forged and the opportunity to support each other is appreciated that much more.
We begin every Lab with a 2 minute overview from each person about their project if they have one, and if not, what led them to join us that day. The meeting continued with an overview of Marketing tips within the San Diego Jewish Community; how to do outreach because over 85% of our Jews are not engaged in traditional Jewish organizational life. This means some special things to reach them. Among the project founders in attendance at the Lab that day was Aviva Angel who is founding an Intentional Community in San Diego.
So, what is the Jewish Engagement story then from this Lab meeting? This week, I heard from Aviva that she is ready to launch her first meeting for community members to learn more about the Intentional Community she has planned. Who is helping her with the launch meeting? In fact, this young man. This was the project that caught his interest, and, he found something to do. He get involved and he's helping to make it happen. Who knows what will come next. But, we love the Jewish engagement story.
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