Transforming the American Synagogue

By Andrew Silow-Carroll

Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association (RRA), Fall 2000

This review looks at Sidney Schwartz's Finding A Spiritual Home: How a New Generation of Jews Can Transform the American Synagogue. The author asserts that the book is valuable for its placing the current crisis of Jewish continuity in the context of larger social trends in America. The author also highlights Schwartz's focus on the synagogue-community model by providing biographic essays about the success of the synagogues under this model. The author questions the lack of explanation on how Schwartz's idea of a charismatic rabbi could emerge but asserts that the rabbis who are looking to the mainstream synagogue community may find role models in the rabbis that Schwartz profiles in his book.

Topic: Congregations and Synagogues, Publications, Leadership, Clergy, Community Building, Synagogues and Congregations

Name of Publication: The Reconstructionist

Editor: Hirsh, Richard

Volume/Issue: vol.66/no.1

Page Number(s): 92-96

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Genre: Book Review

Coverage: United States

Language: English

Copyright Holder: Publisher

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Bibliographic Information:
Silow-Carroll, Andrew. Transforming the American Synagogue. The Reconstructionist. Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association (RRA). Fall 2000: 92-96.


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