If you are an embryonic new community the challenges are more than outweighed by enthusiasm and optimism.
But when a modestly sized community is static or declining there are many issues which can be a struggle to address.
In 2003, at the inaugural meeting of the Jewish Small Communities group in Southport, the Chief Rabbi, Lord Sacks, stated that the typical life of a Jewish community was 60 years before its population moved on.
So these problems are not new, and will be repeated from community to community.
- Religious leader /people to lead services
- Building maintenance
- Kosher food
- Social events
- Families and Children
- Burials / Chevrah Kadisha – view Case Studies »
- Support for elderly who wish to maintain a Jewish environment
- Cultural awareness of social services
How do you start to approach these issues?
Ultimately each community will be faced with and approach each challenge according to local need.
However, two things will help to lessen the burden of what would be an up hill struggle…
- An established channel to feed resources from larger communities
- A self help network for small communities to share experiences and solutions