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Synagogues and the Jewish Renaissance

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Publication Date: January 2002

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

Author(s): Jonathan S. Woocher

Series: Jewish Education News, Spring 2002

Special Collection: Berman Jewish Policy Archive

Topic: Culture and religion (Religion and religious groups)

Keywords: Synagogues; Jewish Continuity; Community Development; Renaissance and Renewal

Type: Brief

Coverage: United States


The author describes an opportunity and a challenge he sees in modern Jewish life: there can be no Jewish renaissance in North America without the synagogue at its heart; but, synagogues alone cannot make a Jewish renaissance. He discusses some of the challenges facing synagogues in fulfilling this potential and provides a five-point plan for moving forward.