The American Synagogue: Recent Issues and Trends

By Jack Wertheimer

American Jewish Committee (AJC), Jewish Publication Society (JPS), 2005

The synagogue became the great reclamation project for the American Jewish community by the end of the 20th century. Discouraged accounts of synagogues and congregations inspired much of this activity. The motive of the criticisms was to encourage the Jewish community to take action, not to denigrate the institute. As a result, a series of initiatives have been launched to address the criticism levied against synagogues. The pages included here questions whether the contemporary synagogue is in crisis, considers the factors that contributed to the perception that radical revamping is necessary, and examines the various programs meant to redefine the synagogue.

Topic: Reform Judaism, Jewish Federations, Masorti Judaism, Prayer, Orthodox Judaism, Change, Conservative Judaism, Education, Demography, Affiliation, Community Building, Synagogues and Congregations

Name of Publication: American Jewish Year Book

Editor: Grossman, Lawrence , Singer, David

Volume/Issue: Vol. 105

Page Number(s): 3-86

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Genre: Article

Coverage: United States

Language: English

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Wertheimer, Jack. The American Synagogue: Recent Issues and Trends. American Jewish Year Book. American Jewish Committee (AJC),Jewish Publication Society (JPS). 2005: 3-86. http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=14683


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