Last month we kicked off our first intergenerational Sunday for the year. Our teens joined Kehila newbies and sages to create mandalas that expressed personal strengths and aspirations, Kehila strengths and aspirations, and a personal motto. We devoted the last part of the morning to sharing the mandalas with the entire community. The number of participants that focused on kindness, serving others, and caring for our planet, struck me.
The Kehila strengths and aspirations were also meaningful and informative. Here’s a sample of Kehila strengths: the people (of course ;-); our teachers; our welcoming, caring and inclusive actions; our spirit; moral integrity; authenticity; and our great Adult Ed. program which takes place at the same time as our Sunday school so adults and students are learning in parallel.
At the same time, we have challenges. Folks expressed concern about attracting younger members, more students for our school, and what our transition will bring. Other issues included how to encourage more folks to take on the work of our committees and how to continue to be inclusive and meet everyone’s needs as our community grows.
One issue mentioned several times was our lack of consistent and organized systems for keeping track of membership, committee information, and marketing materials. As we mature as an organization, this is something we need to tend to. This year, I intend to focus on several of our more critical committees (Membership, Marketing, Education, Programing, High Holidays, and Tzedakah) to find out how we’re maintaining records and passing information on to new committee members. I invite those of you who are interested and knowledgeable about systems and records for small organizations to work with me and help us improve in this important area.
Finally, there was a call for more intergenerational activities. On that issue, I’m happy to invite everyone to join us for our next Oneg on November 2nd, which will involve an intergenerational sharing of favorite foods and recipes. I hope I’ll see you there!