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Emergent Jewish Communities and their Participants: Preliminary Findings from the 2007 National Spiritual Communities Study

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Publication Date: November 2007

Publisher(s): Synagogue 3000 (Project); Mechon Hadar

Author(s): Steven M. Cohen; J. Shawn Landres; Elie Kaunfer; Michelle Shain

Funder(s): Synagogue 3000 (Project); Mechon Hadar

Funder(s): Synagogue 3000 (Project); Mechon Hadar

Special Collection: Berman Jewish Policy Archive

Topic: Culture and religion (Religion and religious groups)

Keywords: American Jews; Congregations

Type: Report

Coverage: United States

Abstract:

This study focuses upon the people who participate in "emergent sacred communities" / "spiritual communities" / "independent minyanim," asking: What are their demographic characteristics, their Jewish backgrounds, and their inclinations? How do they differ from "regular" congregants? Why and how do they participate in these newly formed communities? And, by extension, what are they seeking in these communities that they have not found in conventional congregations?