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Publication Date: March 2002

Publisher(s): Coalition for the Advancement of Jewish Education

Author(s): Robert M. Weinberg; Isa Aron

Special Collection: Berman Jewish Policy Archive

Topic: Culture and religion (Religion and religious groups)

Keywords: Jewish Education; Synagogues; Community Development; Jewish Content

Type: Brief

Coverage: United States


The authors assert that synagogues hold unrealized potential for creating Jewish community and must be reconfigured. They argue that significant and enduring change must meet two criteria: (1) It must focus on the synagogue as a system, rather than on discrete programs within it; (2) rather than simply accepting the congregation's purported goals as given, it must also help its leaders rethink these goals. They suggest beginning a process of change by focusing on Jewish learning.

In Jewish Education News vol. 23 no. 2 (Spring 2002).