As a practitioner, speaking directly from the grassroots of the Jewish community, I want to suggest that there are certain aspects of Hayim Herring's paper that I find useful and others that I find problematic. I very much agree that synagogues should provide easy access to information and be vision-driven, customer-sensitive, light on bureaucracy, high on ideas, less centrally driven, less turf oriented and find new ways to bring meaning into people's lives. Everyone should be welcome to become involved in the Jewish community. Yet, on the other hand, there must be an expectation that we want to enable everyone to ascend the ladder at their own pace. After all, more Torah study is better than less. More prayer and ritual observance, tzedakah, expanded performance of acts of hesed, etc. is better than less.