Read this Book!



On the recommendation of our friend, Yahnatan Lasko, I’ve been devouring the book Finding a Spiritual Home: How a New Generation of Jews can Transform the American Synagogue by Rabbi Sidney Schwarz. Reflecting insights gleaned from the late 90s, the book chronicles the success of four American synagogues in building vibrant communities of former “Jewish dropouts.” They are:

Congregation Beth El in Sudbury, Massachusetts (Reform)
– The Hebrew Institute of Riverdale in Bronx, New York (Orthodox)
Adat Shalom Congregation in Bethesda, Maryland (Reconstructionist)
Congregation B’nai Jeshurun in Manhattan (Conservat-ish)


Between the two of us, we have underlined half the book and scribbled in the margins of nearly every page. It is a book that we wish we could send to every congregational leader we know. (((NUDGE))) It should be required reading for RO’I candidates. Since that would cost a fortune, over the next few weeks we’ll cherry pick the highlights and discuss them here, under the tag “Finding a Spiritual Home.”



About Monique

Chocoholic, jazz head ... prone to rants, and a professional pitbull. I married a terrific guy who happens to be a rabbi, so I guess that makes me a rebbetzin. Who saw that one coming? My grandparents survived the Shoah and spent their lives in the service of others. On my best days, I walk in their footsteps.
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1 Response to Read this Book!

  1. Tim Layne says:

    Thanks for the tip!

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