Peering into the Future: Consideration for Reconstructing the Synagogue

By Hayim Herring

Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association (RRA), Spring 2003

How will Generation X and Millenial Jews affect the future of the American synagogue? The author identifies characteristics of these generations - exposure to technology, a feeling of vulnerability close to home (terrorism in the United States), lack of brand loyalty, a comfort with pluralism - that will, or should, have consequences for their communities, and predicts how synagogues may be different in the future. Some possibilities include: the various 'brands' of Judaism redeveloping their narratives and coming closer together, the downsizing of synagogues and restructuring of the synagogue business model, the development of organizational partnerships, and the decline of Rabbinic influence.

Topic: Congregations and Synagogues, Generational Issues, Pluralism, Leadership, Authority, Religious Denominations, Synagogues and Congregations

Name of Publication: The Reconstructionist

Editor: Hirsh, Richard

Volume/Issue: Vol. 67/No. 2

Page Number(s): 35-47

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Genre: Article

Coverage: United States

Language: English

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Bibliographic Information:
Herring, Hayim. Peering into the Future: Consideration for Reconstructing the Synagogue. The Reconstructionist. Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association (RRA). Spring 2003: 35-47.


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