Kenissa: Communities of Meaning Network* connects individuals who are leading contemporary efforts to re-define Jewish life. The Kenissa Network identifies and convenes leaders of new organizations and communities and creates a capacity building network to help these emerging communities of meaning thrive. Communities of meaning are networks of individuals that are inspired by an idea or a practice that enriches their lives and/or significantly improve conditions in the world for others.

*Kenissa was launched in 2016 under the name: The New Paradigm Spiritual Communities Initiative (NPSCI). Many of the postings on this website from the first year of the project are likely to use that nomenclature.

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The posts below are responses to Rabbi Sid Schwarz’s lead essay from his book, Jewish Megatrends: Charting the Course of the American Jewish Future (Jewish Lights).

In that essay Schwarz argues that any organization that hopes to speak to the next generation of American Jews needs to advance one or more of four key value propositions. They are:

  • Chochma, engaging with the wisdom and practice of our inherited Jewish heritage;
  • Kedusha, helping people live lives of sacred purpose;
  • Tzedek, inspiring people to work for a more just and peaceful world; and
  • Kehillah, creating intentional, covenantal communities that bind people to one another and to a shared mission.

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