The New Rabbi and the New Rabbinate - A Review of The New Rabbi: A Congregation Searches for Its Leader

By Allen Glicksman

Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association (RRA), Spring 2003

This is a review essay of The New Rabbi: A Congregation Searches for Its Leader" by Stephen Fried, New York: Bantam Books, 2000. This volume tells the story of one Conservative congregation's search for a new senior rabbi. In summarizing and reflecting on the book, the reviewer challenges the American Jewish community to be more open to funding and accepting a wider variety of sociological research, including studies like these, while also critiquing Fried for taking a gossipy approach to the story he recounts. The review focuses on the themes of the changing role of the rabbi within the congregation, and especially the tensions among competing roles.

Topic: Sociology, Masorti Judaism, Conservative Judaism, Clergy, Synagogues and Congregations

Name of Publication: The Reconstructionist

Editor: Hirsh, Richard

Volume/Issue: Vol. 67/No. 2

Page Number(s): 61-68

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Genre: Book Review

Coverage: Pennsylvania , United States

Language: English

Copyright Holder: Publisher

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Bibliographic Information:
Glicksman, Allen. The New Rabbi and the New Rabbinate - A Review of The New Rabbi: A Congregation Searches for Its Leader. The Reconstructionist. Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association (RRA). Spring 2003: 61-68. http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=5895


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