From Synagogue-Community to Community of Synagogues: A Turning Point in American Jewish History

By Jonathan D. Sarna

Brandeis University, October 18, 1990

This is the inaugural lecture by Jonathan D. Sarna, Joseph H. and Belle R. Braun Professor of American Jewish History, Department of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies at Brandeis University. In his talk, Sarna looks back at an earlier turning point in American Jewish history, one that to his mind has not been sufficiently explored and yet is of supreme importance, in that it set the stage for the development of American Judaism as we know it. He is referring to the move that took place in the second quarter of the nineteenth century in every major American city where Jews resided in substantial numbers: the move from synagogue-community to community of synagogues.

Topic: History, Change, Community Building, Synagogues and Congregations

Name of Publication: Braun Chair Inaugural Lecture

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Genre: Conference Presentation

Coverage: United States

Language: English

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Sarna, Jonathan D. From Synagogue-Community to Community of Synagogues: A Turning Point in American Jewish History. Braun Chair Inaugural Lecture. Brandeis University. 18 October 1990: http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=12078


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