Emergent Jewish Communities and their Participants: Preliminary Findings from the 2007 National Spiritual Communities Study

Publication Date: November 2007

Publisher: Synagogue 3000 (Project); Mechon Hadar

Author(s): Steven M. Cohen; J. Shawn Landres; Elie Kaunfer; Michelle Shain

Research Area:

Keywords: American Jews; Congregations

Type: Report

Coverage: United States


This study focuses upon the people who participate in "emergent sacred communities" / "spiritual communities" / "independent minyanim," asking: What are their demographic characteristics, their Jewish backgrounds, and their inclinations? How do they differ from "regular" congregants? Why and how do they participate in these newly formed communities? And, by extension, what are they seeking in these communities that they have not found in conventional congregations?