Priya Parker’s book The Art of Gathering: How We Meet and Why It Matters has guided The Well on how to host successful gatherings.

By Chelsea Landry

Meeting facilitator Priya Parker’s book The Art of Gathering: How We Meet and Why It Matters is inspiring hosts across the globe, from C-suite retreat planners to novice book club hostesses.

The Well, a Jewish community-building organization for young families serving Metro Detroit, is also gleaning inspiration from the book and Parker’s “rules” for hosting successful gatherings.

Breaking traditions, confronting “FOMO” culture and combating millennial loneliness are just a few of the issues The Art of Gathering has helped The Well tackle, with an approach guided by a Jewish lens.

I recently interviewed Rabbi Dan Horwitz, founder and director of The Well, to find out more about his organization’s innovative gatherings, Parker’s influence on his work and how the book has subtly transformed the day-to-day experience of participants in Metro Detroit’s Jewish community.

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