The Need to Belong

By Steve Greenberg

CLAL: the National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership, February 7, 2003

The author analyzes how many are searching for a synagogue that provides a comforting and supportive community in their lives. He writes about his experiences in the synagogue he joined as a teenager, and notes how there was such a strong and warm sense of community there, yet the members didn't have all that much in common. Ultimately, he asserts that while we may look for a community to provide us comfort, it will be more fulfilling when we find a community that we can actually provide for and give back to.

Topic: Congregations and Synagogues, Identity Formation, Community Building, Synagogues and Congregations

Name of Publication: CLAL Community and Society Archive

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Genre: Brief

Coverage: United States

Language: English

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Bibliographic Information:
Greenberg, Steve. The Need to Belong. CLAL Community and Society Archive. CLAL: the National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership. 7 February 2003:


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