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Three Ways We Change: What Works and What Doesn’t

Vol. 3, No. 1, Elana Stein Hain, The Call
The pluses and minuses of three methods of change: three models of change: radical, social conditioning, and adaptive

  • Watch the "Call": Elana Stein Hain, Director of Leadership Education, of Shalom Hartman Institute of North America, discusses "Three Ways We Change: What Works and What Doesn’t."

  • Read the "Responsas": Rabbis Mari Chernow, Judith HaLevy, Steve Moskowitz, and David Wolkenfeld offer their perspectives.

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Elana Stein Hain offers three models of change in her talk: radical, social conditioning, and adaptive. Radical change, she says, can be immediate but polarizing. Social conditioning risks making the changes so personalized that they do not have broader impact.

Ultimately, the advantage of adaptive change, she says, is that it continues, and participants in it never give up.

"Work with what you have,using your double vision,in order to move people in a direction, taking into account their real concerns and your real concerns."

Read the Responses

Rabbis Mari Chernow, David Wolkenfeld, Judith HaLevy, and Steve Moskowitz offer commentary that challenges and amplifies Elana Stein Hain’s positions.

   Mari Chernow
   Temple Chai
   Phoenix, Arizona
David Wolkenfeld
Anshe Sholom B’nai Israel
Judith HaLevy
Malibu Jewish Ctr.
& Synagogue

Malibu, CA

Steve Moskowitz
L’Dor V’Dor
Oyster Bay, NY
"Lasting change often comes because of the passionate work of people inside and outside of the system."
"Deeply personal and ingrained components of our identity lead us to one change strategy or another."
"A moral imperative for change brings clarity, but also incites immediate polarization."
"From the perspective of justice, small, tedious, and layered changes appear incidental."


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