Community Building Initiative

Client: Congregation B'Nai Jeshurun
Faculty: Rona Affoumado and Christine Campbell
Team: Anna Marx, Wendy Paler, Jill Snider, Ariella Weisz
Year: 2009
The Capstone team supported Congregation B?nai Jeshurun's Community Building Initiative, which was established in 2008, to create a more welcoming environment for the synagogue's membership. With over 3,000 members, the synagogue faces the challenge of promoting a strong sense of community for its large membership base. In partnership with B?nai Jeshurun staff, the team conducted external research, exploring relevant literature and interviewing other large congregations. The team also conducted internal research, including a synagogue-wide survey, house meetings, and one-on-one interviews. Results from the external and internal research helped the team propose infrastructural, programmatic and small adjustment changes to help the synagogue promote feelings of connection and community for its members.