Fluid Identification: San Francisco's Mission Minyan

By Tobin Belzer

Josh Rolnick, The Sh'ma Institute, December 2011

The independent minyanim phenomenon has emerged as a tangible manifestation of the fluidity of Jewish identification and practice. Across the country, young adults are participating in roughly 100 independent minyanim: lay-led communities that, to varying degrees, combine traditional prayer with progressive values. These communities are providing thousands of individuals with opportunities to express their Jewish identities in ways unlike their prior experiences. Through an ethnographic study of the Mission Minyan, an independent minyan in San Francisco's Mission neighborhood, I had the opportunity to observe the fluidity of Jewish identification in situ.

Topic: Empowerment, Religious Observance, Jewish Identification, Prayer Communities, Community Building

Name of Publication: Sh'ma: A Journal of Jewish Ideas

Editor: Berrin, Susan

Volume/Issue: Vol.42/no.685

Page Number(s): 5-6

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Genre: Article

Coverage: San Francisco, California , United States

Language: English

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Bibliographic Information:
Belzer, Tobin. Fluid Identification: San Francisco's Mission Minyan. Sh'ma: A Journal of Jewish Ideas. Josh Rolnick, The Sh'ma Institute. December 2011: 5-6. http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=13434


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