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In Search of the Present: Synagogue Ethnography

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Publication Date: December 1985

Publisher(s): Rabbinical Assembly of America

Author(s): Samuel C. Heilman

Special Collection: Berman Jewish Policy Archive

Topic: Culture and religion (Religion and religious groups)

Keywords: Ethnography; Future; Jewish Religion and Culture; Synagogues

Type: Other

Coverage: United States


This article emphasizes the importance of leaving behind a record of present community life. The author argues for a new archive of ethnography, where the cultural wealth that is Jewish synagogue life in America can be stored. Such an archive will serve not only as a most valuable resource for students and scholars examining the character of synagogue life in America; it will also act as a vehicle for giving synagogue communities a consciousness of their own worth.

In Conservative Judaism vol.36, no.2 (Winter 1985-86), pp.56-66.