Igniting Souls: Creating Meaningful Communal Worship Through Spiritual Experimentation

By Samantha Orshan Kahn

Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR), February 2011

This thesis provides an introduction to the history, practices, interest in and resources for Jewish spirituality. It strives to illustrate some of the incredible benefits of engaging in spiritual work. Though many spiritual exercises are deeply personal, this study discusses the importance of creating opportunities for both inward reflection and divine encounters within a communal framework. Together, these facets of building communal spirituality create an integrated narrative of how and why American Reform congregations can ignite the souls of their members through spiritually enriched communal worship.

Topic: Reform Judaism, Prayer, Spirituality, Music, Community Building, Synagogues and Congregations

Name of Publication: HUC-JIR School of Jewish Nonprofit Management (formerly School of Jewish Communal Service) Masters Theses

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Genre: Thesis

Coverage: United States

Language: English

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Orshan Kahn, Samantha. Igniting Souls: Creating Meaningful Communal Worship Through Spiritual Experimentation. HUC-JIR School of Jewish Nonprofit Management (formerly School of Jewish Communal Service) Masters Theses. Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR). February 2011: http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=11925


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