Nashville Conversations about Community and Israel

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Between March 1 and May 2, 2012, members of the Jewish community of Nashville engaged in a unique series of conversations using the ARIA C3 action evaluation tool.  The conversations were organized around this question:

“What are your goals for the Jewish community
when people hold strong and conflicting views
on issues related to Israel and its future?”

The process unfolded in four phases:  Click HERE for a more detailed look at  the process

  1. March 16 to April 15:  Everyone was invited to give their input on what the community’s goals should be.  To give your input over the web, participants went to  Using a project password, every member of the community was allowed to answer a questionnaire to submit their ideas.  Participants were also allowed to use an adobe acrobat form (Click here to download a copy)  or a paper questionnaire questionnaire.
    The questionnaire asked each person to give their opinion about  WHAT the goals of the community should be when people hold strong and conflicting views about this vital issue, WHY these goals are important and HOW the goals might be achieved.
  2. April 10 – April 26:  Everyone who submitted answers to the questionnaire was asked to assign themselves to one of three groups based on their personal positions.  The three groups met separately and reached a consensus on goals from their group’s perspective.
  3. May 2, 2012:  Representatives from the three groups came together, with people from the entire community in attendance, and negotiated a single list of goals, by consensus, representing the shared vision of the whole community.  The final report is available for download from this link:   Nashville Conversation on Israel and Community
  4. May, 2012 – May, 2013:  Organizations and individuals from across the community are now moving to use these these goals as a guide and a springboard to action.


These Conversations are sponsored by the Jewish Federation of Nashville’s Community Relations Committee as part of its series, “Increasing Your Israel IQ: From Argument to Advocacy” and made possible by a grant from the Jewish Federation’s New Initiatives Fund.

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