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SYN/ERGY: Minding the Research, Framing the Questions

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Publication Date: May 2006

Publisher(s): Maurice and Marilyn Cohen Center for Modern Jewish Studies; Steinhardt Foundation for Jewish Life

Author(s): Amy L. Sales

Special Collection: Berman Jewish Policy Archive

Topic: Culture and religion (Religion and religious groups)

Keywords: Synagogues; Religion; Management

Type: Report


It is often said that the best way to understand a system is to try to change it. Indeed, over the past decade, as we have studied various synagogue change initiatives, we have inevitably learned a great deal about the synagogues themselves. This paper highlights findings from our research and some of the questions they raise. The presentation is intended to be a generative Jewish process in which data invite discussion, and answers beget more questions.