A conservative, egalitarian synagogue

HT Inclusion Va'adah/Seminar

Judaism and Defining Inclusion in our Future


The “Judaism and Defining Inclusion in our Future” seminar aims to explore the topic of inclusion and its meaning for this generation and the future.  Through the theoretical exploration of this topic, teens will put their learning into action as they find opportunities for the practical application of their definition in the TIC community.

When our ancestors reached Mount Sinai 7 weeks after their liberation, the terms of the covenant embodied in the Torah were presented to the entire people Israel.  Most significant is the Torah's report that in reaction to this proposal from God, "the entire people, together" answered that they were prepared to accept the terms of the covenant with God.  And thus was born the idea that no one is to be left out of the Jewish narrative—indeed, that the covenant is lessened in power when anyone is left at the margins.  (The ancient rabbis already insisted that when God spoke of "the House of Jacob", the women were being addressed, and when God spoke of "the Children of Israel", the men were being addressed.)

And so we now take it upon ourselves as a teen community to be true to that idea, and to recommit ourselves to a principle of inclusion.  Neither gender, nor physical ability, nor age, nor familial status, nor cognitive ability, nor sexual orientation, should stand in the way of meaningful and valued participation in the life of a sacred community such as ours.

Target audience:

All TIC high school teens who are interested in exploring the idea of inclusion and how this important ideal is defined and lived today in the 21st century.

Structure:

Weekly meetings and dinner over the course of the fall and spring semesters, including at least one Shabbat dinner experience and/or overnight experience are envisoned. Weekly meetings are broken down as follows:

  • Dinner and community building (Wednesdays, 6:30- 6:55pm)
  • Learning around that week’s topic (Wednesdays, 7-7:55pm)

Partnerships:

Possible organizations willing to partner with us in the form of “donating” guest educators or in other ways:

  • Mosaic
  • JTS