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“We’re not being chased to the edge. We’re running toward it. The edge is always in front of us.”*

I’m Cyd Weissman, Assistant Vice-President for Innovation and Impact at Reconstructing Judaism.

Our rapidly changing times demand bold new ways to access the joy and wisdom of Judaism. To meet today’s challenges, Reconstructionists work at the edge of what is known to uncover the innovations that enliven Judaism in people’s lives. 

The phrase, “Toward the Edge,” captures how synagogues, havurot, startups and academics are shaping grounded and groundbreaking approaches to Judaism. The initiatives cataloged here on the EdgeBlog respond to the question “What’s possible for the Jewish community and our world when we risk stepping to the edge of what’s known?”

In my job, I get to meet bold innovators in the Jewish community who are walking away from the status quo and running toward the edge. Their stories inspire and reveal practical advice for creating the leading edge. Let’s journey together—Toward the Edge!

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  • *. Rabbi Deborah Waxman, Ph.D., President of Reconstructing Judaism Quoted from Faithful, a report on how faith communities are adapting to declining institutional religious affiliation and growing interest in emerging spiritual communities. Faithful was supported by the Fetzer Institute, the Texas Methodist Foundation, and Harvard Divinity School.
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“We’re not being chased to the edge. We’re running toward it. The edge is always in front of us.”*

I’m Cyd Weissman, Assistant Vice-President for Innovation and Impact at Reconstructing Judaism.

Our rapidly changing times demand bold new ways to access the joy and wisdom of Judaism. To meet today’s challenges, Reconstructionists work at the edge of what is known to uncover the innovations that enliven Judaism in people’s lives. 

The phrase, “Toward the Edge,” captures how synagogues, havurot, startups and academics are shaping grounded and groundbreaking approaches to Judaism. The initiatives cataloged here on the EdgeBlog respond to the question “What’s possible for the Jewish community and our world when we risk stepping to the edge of what’s known?”

In my job, I get to meet bold innovators in the Jewish community who are walking away from the status quo and running toward the edge. Their stories inspire and reveal practical advice for creating the leading edge. Let’s journey together—Toward the Edge!

Subscribe to the EdgeBlog Email

  • *. Rabbi Deborah Waxman, Ph.D., President of Reconstructing Judaism Quoted from Faithful, a report on how faith communities are adapting to declining institutional religious affiliation and growing interest in emerging spiritual communities. Faithful was supported by the Fetzer Institute, the Texas Methodist Foundation, and Harvard Divinity School.

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