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Posted: Wednesday, June 13, 2018 11:16 am

Here’s the secret to fostering unity in a Jewish community and for attracting people who have never been involved before: Bring all the rabbis together — all of them — for regular lunches and build among them a sense of trust and friendship. Then, have them get their congregations to drop their annual Purim carnivals and instead pool their resources for a massive community-wide carnival.

That’s what the Jewish community in Boca Raton, Florida, did this year. By the time the last hamantash was eaten, individual congregations had spent less than they would have on their own carnivals and got something much bigger: a wider sense of communal belonging. “It looked like a county fair,” said Rabbi Josh Broide.

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