We’ve written many times about the struggles of the Conservative Movement to find its place in 21st Century Jewish North America. Sometimes, they’ve even listened to us. (After I wrote this post, I got a phone call from one of the higher-ups to further discuss my criticisms and solicit my feedback.) So, I am actually sort of optimistic about the usefulness of a new endeavor the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism (the movement’s synagogue organization) is embarking on: soliciting feedback via email.
Do you have ideas about what the movement should do next? Want to make sure the programs that positively influenced your life don’t get short shifted? Feel strongly that something is dead weight and should be cut? The movement wants to know, positives and negatives. E-mail your thoughts to email@example.com. I don’t know who’s on the other side of that inbox, but my sources on the inside seem pretty convinced that the feedback received through this initiative will actually be thought about as the movement plans next steps.