Set 'Em Up Joe: The Synagogue as Corner Cafe
Publication Date: July 2009
Author(s): Andrew Silow-Carroll
Series: CLAL Community and Society Archive
Special Collection: Berman Jewish Policy Archive
Keywords: Friendship; Synagogues; Jewish Organizations; Affiliation
Coverage: United States
The author analyzes the popularity of Starbucks and attributes its popularity to the fact that it has become a "third place" for many. A "third place," he describes, is a haven away from work and home that provides relaxation and fosters laid-back, casual friendships. The author then asserts that what many need is a synagogue that becomes their third place, mimicking the rising Cafe culture. Such a synagogue would be a place where individuals pray together, and joke and speak with one another afterwards.