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Finding a Spiritual Home

How a New Generation of Jews Can Transform the American Synagogue

Rabbi Sidney Schwarz

6 x 9, 352 pp, Quality Paperback, 978-1-58023-185-5

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The Jewish community has lost some of the most sensitive spiritual souls of this generation. They are Jews who were looking for God and found spiritual homes outside of Judaism. Their journeys traversed the Jewish community, but nothing there beckoned them. The creation of synagogue-communities in which the voices of seekers can be heard and their questions can be asked will challenge many loyalist Jews. It will upset and enrage them. But it would also enrich them.
—from Chapter 18
In this fresh look at the spiritual possibilities of American Jewish life, Rabbi Sidney Schwarz presents the framework for a new synagogue model—the synagogue community—and its promise to transform our understanding of the synagogue and its potential for modern Judaism.
Schwarz profiles four innovative synagogues—one from each of the major movements of Judaism—that have had extraordinary success with their approach to congregational life and presents practical ways to replicate their success.
Includes a discussion guide for study groups and book clubs as well as a new afterword by the author describing developments in synagogue change projects since the book was first published.
“An extraordinary book. A clarion call for spiritual leadership in a post-ethnic age.”
Rabbi Lawrence A. Hoffman, co-founder of Synagogue 2000; editor of My People’s
Prayer Book: Traditional Prayers, Modern Commentaries
“Schwarz, an outstanding community builder and creative figure in American Jewry, has written a thoughtful, insightful treatment of the synagogue, its limits and its real potential to sustain a new generation of Jews. If you care about the future of Jewry, you want to read this book.”
Rabbi Irving Greenberg, president of Jewish Life Network;
author of
The Jewish Way


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