Book Club

In order to infuse our work with knowledge and resources from both within and outside the Jewish community, and to create a shared narrative and vocabulary, we invite you to join the Connected Congregations Book Club.

The following books have been our reading list, drawing from the Jewish, synagogue, nonprofit and innovations fields.  If you would like to discuss any of them, join us on the Connected Congregations Facebook Group. 

Share what you’re reading, what you’re thinking about, and what you’re trying in your congregations.

Buy the books on Amazon here.  Have other books you want to recommend? Tell us in the Connected Congregations Facebook Group. 

Book club selections:

Tomorrows-synagogue-todayTomorrow’s Synagogue Today: Creating Vibrant Centers of Jewish Life (Hayim Herring)

Herring offers creative scenarios to stretch the imagination about how more synagogues could become vibrant centers of Jewish life and how congregational leaders can begin to chart a new course toward achieving that goal.



relational-judaism Relational Judaism: Using the Power of Relationships to Transform the Jewish Community (Ron Wolfson)

Wolfson presents practical strategies and case studies to transform the old model of Jewish institutions into relational communities.



networked-nonprofitThe Networked Nonprofit (Beth Kanter & Allison H. Fine)

Kanter & Fine show nonprofits a new way of operating in our increasingly connected world: a networked approach enabled by social technologies, where connections are leveraged to increase impact in effective ways that drive change for the betterment of our society and planet.


open-leadershipOpen Leadership: How Social Technology Can Transform the Way You Lead (Charlene Li)

Li shows that tapping into the power of social technologies isn’t about mastering the latest shiny technologies but instead having a clear idea of relationships you want to form.



building-powerful-communityBuilding Powerful Community Organizations: A Personal Guide to Creating Groups that Can Solve Problems and Change the World (Michael Jacoby Brown)

Using real life lessons learned, exercises &stories, Brown brings alive the process of community organizing and community building for anyone who wants to start or strengthen a community, a congregation, or any other group that deals with the problems and concerns we all face in our everyday lives.


offerings-of-the-heartOfferings of the Heart: Money and Values in Faith Communities (Rabbi Shawn Israel Zevit)

Zevit provides texts and tools to help clergy, staff, and lay leaders of congregations of any faith approach financial and other resources as core means to build and maintain whole and holy lives in a communal setting.



artofinnovationThe Art of Innovation: Lessons in Creativity from IDEO (Tom Kelley)

IDEO, the widely admired, award-winning design and development firm that brought the world the Apple mouse, the Palm V and hundreds of other cutting-edge products and services, reveals its secrets for fostering a culture and process of continuous innovation.

Find all of the books on Amazon here.