Congregations committed to orienting new members to their organizational culture and their programs might host new member coffees that begin with people talking about their spiritual journeys. This exercise shouldn't be restricted to new members. New American Jews must know that their journeys, however far they may have taken them from the Jewish community, are important and are valued. The attitude should not be "wherever you have been, we don't care, as long as you are now with us in this synagogue." Rather it should be, "your journey represents a struggle that many of us have had around our faith. What can we learn from your journey that will make our synagogue a better community and that will make us better Jew?"
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10. Reach Out to New Constituencies
Never let your synagogue be satisfied with its existing constituency. For every person who is a member, at least two are not. And of the actual members on the roster, think of those who never come around. Look around the room the next time you are in the synagogue and ask who is not there. Singles? Older people? Poor Jews? Disabled? Gays? Teenagers? Seekers? For each of these constituencies, there is a strategy for outreach and inclusion. As, "How can we reach these people? How might they be made to feel more comfortable here?"

How will you know when you have succeeded? When any Jew, anywhere in the community, can walk into your synagogue and call it home.

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