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The American Synagogue : A Sanctuary Transformed - Jack Wertheimer

The American Synagogue

A Sanctuary Transformed

By: Jack Wertheimer (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 26th February 1988
ISBN: 9780521332903
Number Of Pages: 452

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Wertheimer's is the first study to chart the course of American synagogue history from colonial times to the present. Fourteen commissioned essays written by prominent scholars of Jewish American history offer a penetrating examination of synagogue development. Through case studies of individual congregations across the country, the authors investigate a wide range of isssues, posing such questions as: What roles have been assigned to the synagogue in various eras in American history? How have the synagogues of the three major denominations--Orthodox, Conservative, and Reform--differed? How have immigrant congregations become Americanized? And by what processes have innovations in synagogue ritual been introduced? The resulting analyses illustrate the richness and diversity of the American synagogue and provide a valuable framework for further study of the significance of the congregation in American religious life.

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"Jack Wertheimer has brought together a group of social historians who have helped demonstrate the centrality of the synagogue to the American Jewish experience, and who have given us a rich beginning for the exploration of synagogue history." Gerald Sorin, Journal of American History "...a major contribution to the history of American religion." Pamela S. Nadell, Journal of American Ethnic History "...The American Synagogue, A Sanctuary Transformed is an excellent collection of essays about American Jewry and its preeminent institution, the synagogue. What we find in this volume is not simply a "sanctuary" or even a single institution transformed, but rather, a variety of synagogues dynamically interacting with particular Jewish communities in America. The strength of this book is, in fact, the rich diversity it brings to the study of the synagogue--both historically and sociologically." Laura Levitt, Critical Review

Overview: the synagogue in America - a historical typology
The Denominational Perspective
The orthodox synagogue
The reform synagogue
The conservative synagogue
The American experience of a sephardic synagogue
Education in the synagogue: the transformation of the supplementary school
From city to suburb: temple Mishkan Tefila of Boston
The special sphere of the Middle-Class American Jewish woman: the synagogue sisterhood, 1890-1940
Ethnic-religious ambiguities in an immigrant synagogue: the case of new hope congregation
Conflict over reforms: the case of congregation Beth Elohim, Charleston, South Carolina
A synagogue center grows in Brooklyn Deborah
choosing a synagogue: the social composition of two German congregations in nineteenth-century Baltimore
The debate over mixed seating in the American synagogue
Music in the American synagogue: a case study from Houston
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ISBN: 9780521332903
ISBN-10: 0521332907
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 452
Published: 26th February 1988
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 2.9
Weight (kg): 0.83

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