Decision Making in Congregational Systems

By Richard Hirsh

Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association (RRA), Reconstructionist Rabbinical College (RRC), Spring 2001

The author proposes that communities use a 'systems' approach to understanding and maintaining good intra-congregation relationships among Rabbis, boards, executives, teachers, and congregants. While reconstructionist synagogues have done well to value the democratic process in congregational decision-making, it can have the downfall of undervaluing and utilizing strong leadership. This article gives examples of how different parties in congregations can use a systems-approach to optimize a collaborative democratic process.

Topic: Reconstructionist Judaism, Psychology/Psychiatry, Conflict Resolution, Leadership, Partnerships, Synagogues and Congregations

Name of Publication: The Reconstructionist

Editor: Hirsh, Richard

Volume/Issue: Vol. 65/No. 2

Page Number(s): 13-21

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Genre: Article

Coverage: United States

Language: English

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Bibliographic Information:
Hirsh, Richard. Decision Making in Congregational Systems. The Reconstructionist. Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association (RRA),Reconstructionist Rabbinical College (RRC). Spring 2001: 13-21. http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=5890


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