East Valley Torah Discussion Group Message Board › Message about Our Community
Since we began as strangers connecting through midrash, our beautiful Torah-centered community has grown and gained focus. As we continue to build connections between us, and move through the open door of our sacred text, let's work together to create an atmosphere of love and goodwill!
This group welcomes all people, all perspectives, all personal histories and experiences. We value diversity and understand that meaningful dialogue, including when we disagree, enriches us all. In order to allow everyone the same opportunity to share their voice, let's remember:
1. Allow one person to speak at a time. Talking (or shouting!) over others only serves to muddy the conversation and prevent anyone from sharing their thoughts fully.
2. Listen. Instead of planning your own soliloquy while someone else is speaking, try to listen attentively to their words with open ears, an open mind, and an open heart. If you have questions about someone's comment, or thoughts to contrast, jot them down for when we open the floor to group discussion.
3. We all hold passionate ideas, ideals and beliefs. Let's try not to let our own passion cloud our ability to be respectful.
4. Torah is a Jewish text. We come together as klal Yisrael. This group is grounded solidly within the framework of Judaism. While we welcome all people with an interest in Torah, this is not the community in which to emphasize or promote other religious traditions.
5. We come together as friends, we depart as friends. We begin our time with a check in and close our time with a check out.
6. The direction of this group is determined by the members. Topics for discussion, group dynamics etc are everyone's responsibility.
I am looking forward to seeing everyone on Sunday. What does the Torah mean to you?