Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Beijing- January house blog

This blog prompt for January seemed really fitting for us here in Beijing, since we closed out 2009 trying to answer this very question of how to broaden our programming. We had a gathering of our core members who had expressed interest in expanding their Jewish/community/learning opportunities in Beijing, and we plotted out how best to meet everyone's needs. I think so far we have had some success- new weekly yoga classes, an excellent guest lecture on little-known aspect of Jewish history this past week, and our inaugural monthly text study is set to commence over brunch this Sunday. I think we could even continue to make our core members feel more ownership of our programming, maybe by treating them to a meal once a month to discuss and check-in. Also, I think planning for a big event, like a Friday night minyan at our house, or a fun trip, would bring people together even more. Plots plots plots....