The New Wanderers: God, Millennials, and Jewish Engagement

After wandering in the desert and returning to Jerusalem, the Jewish people had to transition from movebale mishkan-based Judaism to place-based temple Judaism. Rabbi Jessy Gross argues that contemporary American Judaism must now make the opposite transition—from a place-based synagogue model of the postwar ear to a new model of a mobile mishkan for the 21st century. Drawing on her own experience creating such a community for young adults in Baltimore, Rabbi Gross explains what we can learn from a mobile mishkan model: how to embrace change, take risks, and embrace flexibility.

Rabbi Jessy Gross works as a community rabbi and the founding director of Charm City Tribe, a community for young adults in downtown Baltimore interested in tapping into Jewish life and culture in creative and meaningful ways. She received rabbinic ordination and MA in Jewish Education from the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Los Angeles.

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