Set 'Em Up Joe: The Synagogue as Corner Cafe

By Andrew Silow-Carroll

CLAL: the National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership, 2000

The author analyzes the popularity of Starbucks and attributes its popularity to the fact that it has become a "third place" for many. A "third place," he describes, is a haven away from work and home that provides relaxation and fosters laid-back, casual friendships. The author then asserts that what many need is a synagogue that becomes their third place, mimicking the rising Cafe culture. Such a synagogue would be a place where individuals pray together, and joke and speak with one another afterwards.

Topic: Friendship, Congregations and Synagogues, Jewish Organizations, Affiliation, Synagogues and Congregations

Name of Publication: CLAL Community and Society Archive

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Genre: Brief

Coverage: United States

Language: English

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Bibliographic Information:
Silow-Carroll, Andrew. Set 'Em Up Joe: The Synagogue as Corner Cafe. CLAL Community and Society Archive. CLAL: the National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership. 2000:


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