During the past 4 or 5 years there has been a flourishing of Jewish activity in London outside of established institutions. The ethos in newly emerging communities which gather around groups like Grassroots Jews , the Carlebach Minyan, Wandering Jews and Moishe House is earthy, thoughtful and creative. People are taking inspiration from radical festivals like Burning Man, with its ideology of community, participation, extreme creativity and pushing boundaries. They are mixing all that with a desire for a return to their roots with a more joyful and musical spirituality which people have experienced at Carlebach shuls in Jerusalem (eg Yakar) and Tzfat. They are creating gatherings where people are doing art, dance and culture in the great outdoors as well as learning texts in a serious way.
What do you think ? Do you agree ? What does this community mean to you ? Why are you involved ?
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