Intro to Cross-Communal Pieces
Welcome to UJS’ first Sukkot themed, cross-communal educational resource!
Five leading educators from within our community, from different denominations and backgrounds, have produced in partnership with UJS, five awesome pieces to inspire you this Sukkot!
Cross-communalism is a term that often gets confused. How we see it, as one of our four core values, cross-communalism means building a community together, embracing and celebrating our diverse values: religiously, politically, socially, culturally and spiritually. This is firmly rooted in the idea of mutual respect for one another, and the desire to build a “unified, not uniform” community or society.
This resource aims to emulate these values, showcasing inspiring teachings from educators of diverse backgrounds, offering you the opportunity to learn from different perspectives - some more familiar to you than others.
Use this resource as much or as little as you wish, but we push you to learn something new, find something different that you can connect with and take these conversations to your local Sukkah (contact UJS and we’ll find it with you!)
It is up to each individual to choose how they want to engage with their Jewish Identity.
Our purpose at UJS is to create a space where all backgrounds are welcomed and celebrated, through their values and practices so that each and every Jewish student feels that their local societies and their national Union truly provide for them.
We hope that you enjoy this resource and if you’d like to learn more on any of the subjects, or get in touch with the educators to bring them on your campus, please do not hesitate to contact us!
Sukkot is also known as Chag Asif, the ‘festival of ingatherings’. This refers to the gathering of the harvest. But here, we are gathering knowledge and wisdom, learning together, understanding together and coming together.
We hope the High Holy Days/Yamim Noraim/Days of Awe have been meaningful, and that they kick off a fantastic academic year!
Chag Sameach - חג שמח
The UJS Team