What is a ‘community of meaning’? It is a working partnership between old friends, new friends, and those who have a piece to your puzzle you never expected they might have. People coming together for no other reason than just to help one another in a ‘community of participation’. The participatory action of helping each other, from organization or simply from one person to another, strengthens all of our resolves to pursue an active and involved Jewish lifestyle. Some organizations like JUMP, the Birthright Alumni Committee and The House are on the right track with events that feed the mind and soul, enabling any one person to walk out their doors a bit more intrinsically fullfilled than they were walking in the doors.
If any one organization stands alone we fall into the trap of propelling forward ‘service communities’, judged by the services they offer rather than the meaning instilled. The landscape of Canadian Jewry should gravitate toward the living Judaism model in order to keep the melting pot of Canadian ethnicities, cultural identities and overwhelmingly general societal behaviours at bay.