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Contact: The Journal of the Jewish Life Network / Steinhardt Foundation -- Reshaping our Synagogues and Revamping our Attitudes

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Publication Date: January 1999

Publisher(s): Steinhardt Foundation for Jewish Life

Author(s): Edgar M. Bronfman; J.J. Greenberg; Yitz Greenberg; Lawrence A. Hoffman

Series: Contact: The Journal of the Jewish Life Network / Steinhardt Foundation, Niles Goldstein (ed), vol.2

Special Collection: Berman Jewish Policy Archive

Topic: Culture and religion (Religion and religious groups)

Keywords: Jewish Engagement; Future; Spirituality; Congregations

Type: Other


This issue of Contact examines the role, function and relevance of the contemporary synagogue in Jewish life. The authors all agree that the synagogue remains vital to the Jewish experience, but all also agree that some degree of change is necessary to allow synagogues to serve their congregations' needs. Authors suggest various musical, structural, attitudinal and spiritual reforms, while suggesting some elements of traditional synagogues ought to be retained.