An Oral History
of the Jewish Future

A collaboration between Co/Lab: Reimagine Jewish and The Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education

This project will create a platform for those helping to innovate the Jewish future to share their vision and thinking, and discuss what led them to look for new paths in Jewish life.

It begins with a series of conversations between Rabbi Josh and different groups of individuals who are creating new answers to the question, “What does it mean to be Jewish in the 21st century?” either in their own lives or as heads of emergent Jewish organizations. These conversations will help to help cultivate new relationships and catalyze new opportunities for innovation among these individuals. From these group discussions Rabbi Josh and the Museum staff will identify certain people whose stories can be documented by the Museum’s trained interviewers in order to document this fertile moment in Jewish for future generations will look back on.

We are living through a modern Jewish Renaissance of sorts. Even as synagogue affiliation nationally continues a long decline and Jewish institutions face shifting demographic trends, a new generation of Jewish creativity has blossomed nationally and here in Portland. Including both next-generation organizations like Co/Lab: Reimagine Jewish and also individuals bent on creating a Jewish practice that resonates with their values, the trend has led to a proliferation of new opportunities for engagement with Jewish life. The results belie all-too-familiar handwringing narratives of Jewish demographers and others who have for the last generation foretold of the decline of American Jewish life, upsetting expectations and offering hope for those eager to see new opportunities for a Jewish future.

Check back here soon to find out how you can get involved and when Rabbi Josh will gather the first group.

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