The Concentric Circles of an OTS Amiel BaKehila Community

During his TED talk at the Ohr Torah Stone’s Straus – Amiel Rabbinic conference in Zurich today, OTS Co-Chancellor Rabbi David Stav discussed what he sees as five circles of communities in every community:

  1. The scholars and most observant in the community
  2. Those who observe Torah and mitzvot
  3. The members of the community who don’t observe mitzvot and practice Judaism daily but come twice a year
  4. People who don’t observe commandments are disconnected from the community
  5. People who are not aware or interested that there is a community

Communities (and their leaders) must often choose which circle they focus on in their activities and in their decisions. This will affect community activities, programs and priorities.

OTS Amiel BaKehila is keenly aware of these concentric communities, and the different needs and demands they make on community leaders. To that end, we will strive to create programming that reaches as many different community circles as possible – using the incredible and diversely talented educators, artists and Israelis affecting change in the world today. Each visit of an OTS Amiel BaKehila delegation to a Jewish community will focus on the diverse needs of these different groups, offering each different group a connection to Israel, Jewish life and to the broader community.

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