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Mornings at the Stanton Street Shul: A Summer on the Lower East Side

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This lively ethnography traces a fraught three months in the life of a Jewish congregation stubbornly persisting on the Lower East Side, and affords a candid, lucid and intimate introduction to contemporary synagogue practice.

In these pages Jonathan Boyarin invites us to share the intimate life of the Stanton Street Shul, one of the last remaining Jewish congregations on New York's historic Lower East Side. This narrow building, wedged into a lot designed for an old-law tenement, is full of clamorous voices the generations of the dead, who somehow contrive to make their presence known, and the newer generation, keeping the building and its memories alive and making themselves Jews in the process. Through the eyes of Boyarin, at once a member of the congregation and a bemused anthropologist, the book follows this congregation of "year-round Jews" through the course of a summer during which its future must once again be decided.

The Lower East Side, famous as the jumping off point for millions of Jewish and other immigrants to America, has recently become the hip playground of twenty-something immigrants to the city from elsewhere in America

and from abroad. Few imagine that Jewish life there has stubbornly continued through this history of decline and regeneration. Coming inside with Boyarin, we see the congregation's life as a combination of quiet heroism, ironic humor, disputes for the sake of Heaven and perhaps otherwise, and above all the ongoing

search for ways to connect with Jewish ancestors while remaining true to oneself in the present.

Mornings at the Stanton Street Shul illustrates in poignant and humorous ways the changes in a historic neighborhood facing the challenges of gentrification. It offers readers with no prior knowledge of Judaism and synagogue life a portrait that is at once intimate and intelligible. Most important, perhaps, it shows the congregation's members to be anything but a monochromatic set of uniform "believers" but rather a gathering of vibrant, imperfect, indisputably down-to-earth individuals coming together to make a community.

About the Author

Jonathan Boyarin is Leonard and Tobee Kaplan Professor of Modern Jewish Thought at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. His most recent books are Powers of Diaspora (with Daniel Boyarin), Jewishness and the Human Dimension (Fordham), and Time and Human Language Now (with Martin Land).

Table of Contents

Illustrations

Acknowledgments

Introduction

WEEK One

WEEK Two

WEEK Three

WEEK Four

WEEK Five

WEEK Six

WEEK Seven

WEEK Eight

WEEK Nine

WEEK Ten

WEEK Eleven

WEEK Twelve

Works Cited

Glossary

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780823254040
Author:
Boyarin, Jonathan
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
Subject:
Religion & Theology | Judaism
Subject:
Judaism - History
Publication Date:
20130931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
20 b/w illus.
Pages:
226
Dimensions:
5.7 x 8.7 x 0.5 in 0.8 lb

Related Subjects

History and Social Science » Sociology » Jewish Studies
History and Social Science » World History » General
Religion » Judaism » History
Religion » Judaism » Rituals and Practice

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