Publication Date: March 2004
Publisher: Maurice and Marilyn Cohen Center for Modern Jewish Studies
Author(s): Amy L. Sales
Research Area: Culture and religion
Keywords: Synagogues; Jewish identification; Communal Organization
Coverage: United States
This study was initiated and sponsored by UJA-Federation of New York through the Commission on Jewish Identity and Renewal (CoJIR) and its Synagogues for the Future initiative. The primary purpose of the study was to learn about the Jewish identities and connections of synagogue members. Results are based on the responses of 1,300 individuals, randomly selected from the membership lists of 16 congregations. Results indicated that Synagogue members most powerfully experience their Judaism at home and less so in the Jewish community and its institutions. Respondents expressed the greatest satisfaction with their home observances, somewhat less satisfaction with their involvement in synagogue life, and the least satisfaction with their participation in the wider Jewish community.
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