How do we make good financial decisions from a Jewish values-based perspective? We will focus this session on how congregations can make good financial decisions in a variety of financial resource and areas, even when choices are challenging. How can congregations be successful in organizing financial resources, dues structures that are in line with the best of its Reconstructionist values. How do we link budget processes with a congregation’s mission, objectives and values. We will also discuss the uses and variety of Jewish values-based approaches to money and other resources in congregational life based on your input of areas of emphasis and sharing best communal practices.
NOTE: To maximize communal learning, congregations are encourage to form a team (including clergy) and sign up for all three sessions designed for your congregational size, see http://jrf.org/pearl/sessions/2012
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Rabbi Shawn Israel Zevit, www.rabbizevit.com is a congregational consultant and Director of Outreach and Tikkun Olam for the Jewish Reconstructionist Federation. He is the Co-Director of the award-winning Davennen Leaders Training Institute and is a spiritual director for many clergy. A recording artist he has also written and developed resources in the areas of Community Building, Leadership, Prayer, Contemporary views of GOD, Jewish Men's issues ("Brother Keepers: New Essays in Jewish Masculinity), and Money and Jewish values ("Offerings of the Heart: Values-Based Approaches to Money in Faith Community". Rabbi Zevit moved to Cleveland in 2009 to be with his wife Simcha and family, continuing his work for JRF from there.