Synagogues That Work

By Sidney Schwarz

Coalition for the Advancement of Jewish Education (CAJE), Winter 2002

The author argues that modern synagogues fail to engage both youths and adults, and must change in order to offer spiritually and intellectually compelling reasons to participate in Jewish life. Among his suggestions for transforming synagogues are: articulation of mission; change organizational culture to be less hierarchical; enhanced spiritual leadership; framing serious Judaism; replacing afternoon Hebrew school for children with a series of less frequent, but more intensive, retreats and experiences; include tzedakah / tikkun olam projects with bar and bat mitzvah preparation; and pair each child in the congregation with a Jewish adult role model / mentor.

Topic: Youth Engagement, Congregations and Synagogues, Young Adults, Mentoring, Spirituality, Generational Issues, Renewal and Renaissance, Change, Synagogues and Congregations

Name of Publication: Jewish Education News

Volume/Issue: Vol.23/no.1

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Genre: Article

Coverage: United States

Language: English

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Schwarz, Sidney. Synagogues That Work. Jewish Education News. Coalition for the Advancement of Jewish Education (CAJE). Winter 2002:


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