Synagogues and the Jewish Renaissance


Publication Date: January 2002

Publisher: Coalition for the Advancement of Jewish Education

Author(s): Jonathan S. Woocher

Research Area: Culture and religion

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.