The need to grow is substantial to the existence of small and relative young communities. Growth is not just a matter of challenges but a vital need. Some people getting old, the emigration is very natural in modern times and the natural rate of assimilation and dispersion must be compensated with new comers. Moreover, young communities must seek to increase their size and the normal aspiration to turn into a well-established community requires a growing strategy.
In general terms the dilemma is between two opposing poles: In one extreme the one and for all menu, or in other words a standard model to which potential members are expected to adapt to. This is seemingly a more “rigid” scheme as it does not evolve by definition into a model in which each and every one can find its place. Still this model is rather logical in a city like Barcelona, the circumstances of small potential members is justified.
The other extreme model is a tailor made mode community, a system in which the plurality can offer to almost any potential member a place which fits her ideology and needs. The main advantage of such model lies in its ability to get closer to publics who cannot find their place in the “standardized” model. Still, the proliferation of small communities, Kehalim, Kabbalot Shabbat, cultural circles are positive expressions but lack the critical mass and the human and financial muscle to turn into something more than a short term episode.
There are not easy solutions, but the “Golden Path” may lie ahead. For example, developing a sort of modular Community model which may benefit from both extreme models and minimize their flaws. By “modularity” we mean to establish and support activities under the overall umbrella of the Community which may naturally not be in the interest of each and every one. These sort of activities could bring into the community those people who otherwise would not have any interest in the “traditional” communitarian activities. The interaction between people from different backgrounds and interest areas could also enrich the inner social and intellectual life beyond the natural benefit of internal “growth “.