They say 50 to 52 percent of the adult population is not affiliated with a synagogue, but, at the same time, 75 to 80 percent of children receive a Jewish education. The challenge to synagogues and the community is how to engage these families when they are participating give them something other than their kid's BarBat Mitzvah so they will continue participating in synagogue activities after the BarBat Mitzvah is over.
It is our hope that, during the workshops, people will make suggestions for new programs or articulate an unmet need. A designated recorder will be taking notes and presenting any suggestions andor recommendations at the closing session. An evaluation form will also be available, in case someone is too shy to speak up.