Sacred Strategies: Transforming Synagogues from Functional to Visionary

Sacred Strategies: Transforming Synagogues from Functional to Visionary

by Isa Aron, Steven Martin Cohen, Lawrence A. Hoffman, Ari Y. Kelman
     
 

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Sacred Strategies follows the evolutions of eight congregations that reached out and helped people connect to Jewish life in a new way—congregations that went from commonplace to extraordinary. This book explores the qualities that help and hinder the potential of today’s synagogues to become entrepreneurial, experimental, and visionary.See more details below

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Sacred Strategies follows the evolutions of eight congregations that reached out and helped people connect to Jewish life in a new way—congregations that went from commonplace to extraordinary. This book explores the qualities that help and hinder the potential of today’s synagogues to become entrepreneurial, experimental, and visionary.

Editorial Reviews

Rabbi Sharon Brous
Aron, Cohen, Hoffman and Kelman map out the journey from functional, cash-for-service synagogues to compelling, purposeful and visionary Jewish communities. It’s easy to kvetch about what’s not working in the Jewish world; this study demonstrates the transformative power of dissatisfaction when harnessed by creative and bold leaders committed to real, sustainable change.
Rabbi David Ellenson Ph.D
Sacred Strategies is a vital book that must be read by all who are concerned with the future of Judaism in North America and the role that synagogues can and must play in that future. Challenging and insightful, this book provides models for the creation of vibrant Jewish congregations that will speak to the minds and souls of contemporary Jews.The visions this work presents and analyzes offer inspiration and hope for our community.
Jonathan D. Sarna
Sacred Strategies tells how eight American synagogues became visionary congregations—'entrepreneurial, experimental, and committed to engaging members'—and serves asa primer for other congregations seeking to join them. Anyone who leads or attends a synagogue will be inspired by this book. It is a refreshingly optimistic study ofhow synagogues can change for the better.
Jack Wertheimer
Can liberal congregations transform themselves from functional institutionsprimarily geared to the consumerist wantsof their members to become sacred communities offering something far more meaningful—a religious vision, serious prayer, learning opportunities for all and a means to engage in acts of kindness? In an age when many have come to despair for the future of synagogues, the authors of this wise and probing book answer with a resounding 'yes'—and then show us how it can be done. This is an indispensable resource for all engaged in the vital task of congregational renewal.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781566994019
Publisher:
Alban Institute, Incorporated
Publication date:
05/28/2010
Pages:
282
Sales rank:
1,114,457
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

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