Sh'ma October 2012: Communities and Synagogues--Complete Issue

Josh Rolnick, The Sh'ma Institute, October 2012

What place does the synagogue occupy in present-day Jewish life? This issue of Sh'ma offers a wide range of views about the future of the synagogue. Other kinds of congregating--micro-institutions once considered marginal, such as independent minyanim, ersatz prayer communities, and pay-for-fee Friday evening gatherings--have gained momentum, energy, and constituencies large enough to challenge the synagogue as the central address of Jewish ritual life. At a time of declining institutional affiliation (except among the Orthodox) and a growing list of questions--including what it means to "belong," what relationship one has to authority, and how to create sacred communities for ends other than ritual--the once-hegemonic synagogue is facing a challenging future that demands redefinition.

Topic: Congregations and Synagogues, Membership, Prayer Communities, Affiliation, Communal Organization, Synagogues and Congregations

Name of Publication: Sh'ma: A Journal of Jewish Ideas

Editor: Berrin, Susan

Volume/Issue: Vol.43/No.693

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Genre: Journal

Language: English

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