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Looking Back

10/20/2021 10:56:03 AM


Perhaps because we hope that we are standing on the precipice of being able to claim we are “Post-COVID,” but still are wary of doing so; perhaps because the weather is changing and with it the willingness to head back outside is renewed; or perhaps because this December 6 will be CSK’s eighth anniversary - whatever the reason, this feels like a moment for reflection. Eight years is long enough to be known as one of Houston’s established Jewish congregations; but it is also enough time, with enough data points, to begin the process of assessing where we are as an organization.  In that vein, I recently re-read an article that I wrote which was published in the July 19, 2015 issue of  “eJP” (E-Jewish Philanthropy):  Anchors Away: In response to: Alternative Dues Models and the Larger Paradigm Shift.”   

As we do the work of self-reflection, I am asking you to please read the article.  And then, would you please engage with me in the very important conversation to which, during the past eight years, CSK has been striving to meaningfully contribute?  As a congregation, CSK serves you with Jewish ritual, study, prayer, and experience.  As a movement, CSK strives to reimagine Jewish life in the 21st century.  What I would like to know is, how are we doing in one or both?  Here are some starting points for thought and reflection:

  • Do these 2015 sentiments still hold true in 2021?
  • What is the same?  What is different about the Jewish religio-cultural sphere of this moment?
  • What is CSK doing well?  What can CSK do better?  Especially in light of the ideas expressed in my article? 

I would love to hear your thoughts. Truly. Please feel free to email me at We could converse through email or set up a time to talk by phone. Let’s dig into this together.  CSK isn’t just trying to replicate Judaism, we are trying to expand and deepen its reach and potential for making life better for all who connect with us.

Wishing all of you peace and health as we continue on this journey together.


Rabbi Scott

Mon, November 28 2022 4 Kislev 5783