The American Synagogue
A Sanctuary Transformed
Edited by Jack Wertheimer
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American Synagogue by Jack Wertheimer
Book DescriptionAdapting to the shifting characteristics of the American Jewish population and the larger society of the United States, the synagogue has consistently served as American Jewry's vital forum for the exploration of the evolving ideological and social concerns of American Jews. From the Americanization of an immigrant congregation in Seattle to the growth of a synagogue center in Brooklyn, and from the agitation for religious reform in early nineteenth-century Charlestown to the introduction of American folk music in a Houston temple, the cases studied in this volume attest to the prominent role of the synagogue in shaping, as well as adapting to, social, cultural, and ideological trends. The book begins with an overview of the historical transformation and denominational differentiation of American synagogues. The essays in the second section offer in-depth analyses of the critical challenges to and changes in synagogue life through innovative studies of representative congregations. The problems of geographic relocation, the conflict between ethnic preservation and acculturation, the development of education in the synagogue, and the changing role of women in the congregation are all examined.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521534543
(228mm x 152mm x 26mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 13-Feb-2003
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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With contributions from two dozen scholars, "The Modern Jewish Experience" presents practical information and guidelines intended to expand the teaching repertoire of those concerned with Jewish studies. Sample syllabi are included for survey courses set in diverse linguistic settings.
Unwelcome Strangers, Paperback (March 1991)
This social history describes the problems encountered by East European Jews following their emigration to Germany at the end of the 19th century. It examines their treatment at the hands of both German Jews and Gentiles and explores the effects and consequences of such a hostile reception.
American Synagogue, Hardback (February 1988)» View all books by Jack Wertheimer
An illustration of the richness and diversity of the American synagogue, charting the course of its history from the colonial era to the present. It contains fourteen essays by prominent scholars of American Jewish history which together provide a penetrating insight into synagogue development.
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