For twenty years, longer, I have been preaching to all the folks I would come across, expressing the primary importance for a young family to find another one, two, or three families, and to live and create their Judaism together, as friends, as co-travelers. I would express this idea to folks who were involved with large 1,000-member synagogues, and also to families in small havurot. It’s akin to a social theory of Judaism that states our Judaism is only as meaningful, is only as fun, as the person sitting next to us, and our relationship with her/him.
Derech HaLev now has two geographical units, we call minyanim. They are on the Mainline and in Huntingdon Valley. The Mainline’s religious school meets Wednesdays at the JCC, and in Huntingdon Valley we meet on Tuesdays at the Lord’s New Church [LNC].
Each minyan is scheduled to enjoy a Shabbat gathering every month over the 2016-17 year. Keep in mind, all of HaLev is invited to all of our gatherings. The point being, when say a Bryn Mawr family sets a date to host a Shabbat service, their whole minyan is at that point easily informed, and encouraged to attend their nearby minyan’s gathering. And the folks in Jenkintown will at the same time be more than welcome! In the smaller, informal setting, where dialogue is typical and gently encouraged, folks and youth have a great opportunity to get to know each other and… learn.
If you would like to host a Shabbat eveing or morning, or have something new/creative you would like ot try, Rabbi Yitzhak would be only too happy to hear from you.