Category Archives: Communities and Synagogues

‘With Our Young and Our Old’

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October 2, 2012

David Booth When I lived in New Jersey, I was the rabbi at Temple Beth Torah in Ocean Township. Above the synagogue’s ark was a provocative and unusual inscription.  It read, “B’neiranu v’zkeneiunu nalekh,” “We will go with our young and old.”  This inscription succinctly states what a synagogue community needs to be. The quote More »

Young Rabbis Speak

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October 2, 2012

Sid Schwarz We asked three rabbis just beginning their rabbinical careers to reflect on their initial impressions of working within a synagogue. Rabbi Sid Schwarz, who has worked with each of these rabbis and dozens more over the past decade, shares some of his thoughts about how to do more to support the next generation More »

Voices from a Facebook Conversation

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October 2, 2012

Below are excerpts from the August 2012 Facebook conversation that informed “Emergence Unbound,” by Shawn Landres (see his article here). “Congregations are the most stable nonprofit institutions in America; [they] have been for 150 years. While synagogues have taken a hit recently, they’re still counted in that stability. I’m not advocating the status quo; synagogues More »

Designing a Stage for a Book

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October 2, 2012

Susie Coliver For those who encountered their first glimmer of the divine under a redwood tree or by the side of a lake at Jewish summer camp, synagogues built within the first 70 years of the 20th century often lacked a spiritual component. Urban structures with straight rows of seats facing forward and a hierarchical More »

“Sacred Design”

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October 2, 2012

This month’s exhibition features thirteen architectural renderings of synagogues by the firm of Herman Coliver Locus Architecture of San Francisco. Some of these spaces have been realized; other have not. As we look at the various angles of these hyper-realistic images, we cannot help but wonder about a number of questions: Are these illustrations sacred More »