The Synagogue: Family, Workplace or Community?

By Adina Newberg

Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association (RRA), Fall 2003

The author explains that synagogues in North America, and the rabbis who serve them, have rich, multifaceted relationships. She describes Rabbis as ritual leaders and also the managers of complex organizations with staffs, buildings and budgets. The synagogue's primary purpose of "serving the communal, educational, religious and social needs of its congregants" is necessarily intertwined with administrative and business concerns. The author argues that this complex grouping of needs leads to equally complex relationships between the rabbi and his/her congregants.

Topic: Leadership, Clergy, Synagogues and Congregations, Communal Organization

Name of Publication: The Reconstructionist

Editor: Hirsh, Richard

Volume/Issue: Vol.68/No.1

Page Number(s): 21-34

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Genre: Article

Coverage: United States

Language: English

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Bibliographic Information:
Newberg, Adina. The Synagogue: Family, Workplace or Community?. The Reconstructionist. Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association (RRA). Fall 2003: 21-34. http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=4582


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