The Jewish Community and the Synagogue in Perspective

By Judah J. Shapiro

Jewish Communal Service Association of North America (JCSA), September 1956

The author asserts that the modern American Jewish conception of the synagogue is fundamentally disconnected from traditional-historical Jewish models. Laity is largely unable to live a full Jewish life in ritual and cultural terms without assistance from rabbis, the author maintains, and this represents a threat to Jewish continuity and a radical shift in the nature of the rabbinical profession. The author traces the development of the Jewish communal profession in light of these paradigm shifts, and advocates a return to a conception of Jewish life as all-encompassing and cooperative. In Journal of Jewish Communal Service, ed. by Sanford Sherman, v.33, no.1, Fall 1956, p.25-35.

Topic: Congregations and Synagogues, Continuity, Jewish Identification, Jewish Continuity, Religion, Synagogues and Congregations

Name of Publication: Journal of Jewish Communal Service

Editor: Sherman, Sanford N.

Volume/Issue: Vol. 33/No. 1

Page Number(s): 25-35

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Genre: Other

Coverage: United States

Language: English

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Bibliographic Information:
Shapiro, Judah J. The Jewish Community and the Synagogue in Perspective. Journal of Jewish Communal Service. Jewish Communal Service Association of North America (JCSA). September 1956: 25-35.


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