A critical and challenging look at reinventing the synagogue, as
the centerpiece of a refashioned Jewish community.
America is undergoing a spiritual revolution: only the fourth
religious awakening in its history. I plead, therefore, for an
equally spiritual synagogue, knowing that any North American Jewish
community that hopes to be around in a hundred years must have
religion at its center, with the synagogue, the religious
institution that best fits North American culture, at its very
core. from Chapter 1
Synagogues are under attack, and for good reasons. But they
remain the religious backbone of Jewish continuity, especially in
America, the sole Western industrial or post-industrial nation
where religion and spirituality continue to grow in importance. To
fulfill their mandate for the American future, synagogues need to
replace old and tired conversation with a new way of talking about
their goals, their challenges and their vision for the future.
In this provocative clarion call for synagogue transformation,
Rabbi Lawrence A. Hoffman summarizes a decade of research with
Synagogue 2000 a pioneering experiment that reconceptualized
synagogue life providing fresh ways for synagogues to think as they
undertake the exciting task of global change.
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