When the Open Dor Project announced its first call for applications in eJP four months ago, our team and our selection committee could never have imagined the inspiring diversity of emerging Jewish spiritual leaders and communities we would encounter. As a new, initiative focused exclusively on supporting spiritual startup leaders and their communities, we just didn’t know, frankly, what exactly we would find out there. In a world where the very meaning of the words “spirituality” and “community” are changing so rapidly, would there be a critical mass of brave Jewish clergy leaders doing this path-breaking work and searching for their own community of practice? Moreover, would there be populations seeking out new models of Jewish spiritual community to help them fulfill a missing yet core piece of their own life journeys?
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