Matt Green is Growing A Millennial Network
Rabbi Rick Jacobs, president of the Union for Reform Judaism, talks about how leaders like CBE’s rabbinic intern, Matt Green, are building community through new models of belonging.
Excerpt from “Growing A Millennial Network: New Forms of Community Worship” article published in the New York Jewish Week on April 10, 2018:
Fred LaPolla, a member of Brooklyn Jews, did a Google search a couple of years ago with his fiancé searching for a Jewish community; they were looking for something less formal than a synagogue, oriented toward folks in their late 20s, early 30s. That’s how he found Brooklyn Jews, and found a “fun, laid-back event” and then, more social occasions. “Now it’s in our calendar to go, including High Holy Day services.”
Raised secularly with a Catholic dad and Jewish mom, Fred learned about Shabbat services when the rabbinic intern at Congregation Beth Elohim in Brooklyn, Matt Green, scheduled time to walk people through what happens during Friday night services. (Rabbi Green is now the incoming assistant rabbi at CBE). Now, with marriage upcoming, Fred and his wife-to-be are planning to join CBE, the synagogue that has been sponsoring Brooklyn Jews as a project outside of its traditional walls.