Rabbis Without Borders connects rabbis who are creatively engaged in making Jewish wisdom meaningful and accessible to all. We offer a community where you can develop new ideas in a supportive environment, learn new ways of communicating, and build your religious leadership capabilities.
Are you – or do you want to be – a Rabbi Without Borders?
One on One Conversations
Many rabbis are already working as Rabbis Without Borders. Others may want to improve their skills and abilities to talk with and teach a variety of different audiences. All rabbis are welcome to contact us and begin a conversation about your work and your goals.
To set up an in-person meeting or phone conversation, please contact Rabbi Rebecca W. Sirbu at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Together we will discuss your passions as a rabbi and explore ways to strengthen your skills and knowledge. After one or more conversations, we will tailor a learning experience that draws upon your strengths and enables you to articulate your passion to as many people as possible.
To build the network, we will also connect you with other rabbis who have similar areas of interest so that you can support each other, learn from one another, and work together.
RWB offers seminars for rabbis in various locations nationwide and on the web. We believe that there are various skills and methodologies you can learn to aid you in teaching without borders.
RWB Online Learning
The goal of RWB is to build a national network of rabbis who share a common vision to make Jewish wisdom an accessible resource to help people across religious and cultural borders in America enrich their lives.
We will build the network by connecting rabbis who have areas of interest with each other in order to foster collaborative thinking and projects. This non-competitive environment will enable rabbis to speak honestly about the best ways to implement this vision. See our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/rabbiswithoutborders forour latest blog posts and on going conversation.
Clal's Rabbis Without Borders (RWB) is a pluralist, interdenominational network of rabbis who are able to make Jewish wisdom and traditions relevant and meaningful to anyone seeking greater meaning and purpose in their lives. The RWB Fellowship helps rabbis develop and communicate a Judaism that can compete in a globalized, networked world in which identities and communal boundaries are increasingly permeable. By participating in the RWB Fellowship, rabbis learn how to use Jewish wisdom to speak to contemporary American issues, how to use language that is open and inclusive to reach a larger audience, and how to use Jewish wisdom to add meaning to people's lives.
Applications are now being accepted to become a Rabbis Without Borders Fellow for 2013-2014. RWB fellows will gather in New York for two days, four times during the year to meet with leading thinkers in the fields of media, politics, business, and explore trends in contemporary religion and spirituality. By learning with these experts, rabbis will be better able to appreciate and contribute to the American religious landscape, especially beyond the borders of their respective denominations, institutions and communities.
Fellows will engage in text study related to these topics and will be challenged throughout the year to think creatively, and express themselves in new ways. Continuity will be maintained between in-person gatherings through selected readings and online conversations. Fellows will incorporate the ideas presented into their work as concrete projects.
The ideal candidate is a rabbi who believes that the teachings of Judaism can help navigate every aspect of modern American life. This rabbi seeks to have an impact both within and beyond his or her individual congregation or organization. Creativity and an ability to think outside the box are valued qualities.
All travel and hotel costs will be covered.
To apply to be a RWB Fellow, please answer two questions: What is the most creative thing you have done as a rabbi or would like to do? And why would you like to be an RWB Fellow? Limit your answers to each question to one page a piece. Please include your name, current position, address, and email address. Applications should be sent in one Word or PDF document to Rabbi Rebecca W. Sirbu at email@example.com no later than May 10, 2013.
FAQs – Frequently Asked Questions
What is a Rabbi Without Borders:
1. Deeply pluralistic and always aware of the partial truth in a view with which we deeply disagree.
2. Sees/experiences Jewish tradition and personal faith as a public resource and expresses them as such – at least a significant part of the time.
3. Speaks in the 1st person singular without being self-absorbed or narcissistic.
4. Recognizes that people always trump ideology.
5. Being good is more important than being right, or for the more precise among us, being good (loving, nurturing, compassionate, etc.) is a crucial piece of our understanding of what it means to be right.
6. Doesn't worry, at least not very much, about dilution or work from a narrative of erosion.
7. Places other peoples questions before their own answers, without shying away from the answers to which they are passionately committed.
8. Engages seriously with tradition and appreciates the necessity for strong ties/kinship/community in order to be happy and secure.
9. Is animated by a love of what they do and to those ideas and practices which animate their lives.
10. Is relatively fearless (because of "faith") of the future and of the new - be it technology, ideas, possibilities, innovations while appreciating the importance of fear in heightening awareness.
11. Places limited importance on boundary questions and realizes that they are personal, more than policy issues. We all have and need boundaries (even borders!), but they exist because of our need, not because of some absolute and independent necessity.
12. Embraces doubt and questions alongside answers and certainty. Appreciate that neither should ever hold sway over the other – at least not for very long, and not without revisiting the conclusion.
13. Privileges the question of to what they might contribute, as opposed to what they must resist or correct.
14. Is personally evolving and experiences that evolution as a coherent process, not as a betrayal of past conclusions. Coherence emerges from something larger than observable constancy.
15. Presumes that most dichotomies are false, at least ultimately, and relates to them and to the use of them as such.
16. Tends to learning about self, text, and world, based more on making connections than on making distinctions.
Do I need to make a financial commitment?
Is RWB for both pulpit and non-pulpit rabbis?
Do I have to be a member of a particular denomination to participate?
By joining this network, how will I as a rabbi change?
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