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SPARK FELLOWSHIP CASE STUDY

This week’s case study features Rabbi Bill Hamilton, the senior rabbi of Kehillath Israel in the greater Boston area. As you will hear, over the last decade, KI has gone from being a typical Conservative synagogue to something that looks a lot more like a cross between a synagogue and a JCC; it has turned its relatively large plot of land into a campus that is currently home to eight distinct organizations, some of them “synagogue-adjacent” and some of them not at all so. As you listen, please pay special attention to Rabbi Hamilton’s focus on the “Why?” and also to his thoughts on partnership and what we might call facilitating independent interdependence, both concepts that we think can be especially applicable to how synagogues and JCCs might relate to other Jewish organizations and initiatives in their geographic regions.

SPARK Case Study: Congregation Kehillath Israel - Rabbi Bill Hamilton
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