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Shul with a Pool (Brandeis Series in American Jewish History, Culture, & Life)

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The evolution of an American institution that reflects the unique tension between Judaism and Jewishness.

Synopsis:

Around the turn of the 20th century the idea of combining the Jewish house of worship with a center for community, educational, and social activities arose as a way of melding and meeting the needs of Jews in a changing social and religious environment. David Kaufman's fascinating examination shows how a quintessentially American institution — the synagogue-center — evolved into the primary locus of Jewish identification in this country.

This study encompasses social, religious, architectural, and American Jewish history to clarify the synagogue-center's many roles: as service agency, communal gathering place, unifying symbol, and sectarian institution fostering Jewish culture and education. But Kaufman also shows that as a unique amalgam of the religious and the secular, these centers embody a basic duality of American Jewish identity, a fundamental tension between Jews who see themselves primarily as members of a religious faith, and those who define themselves in more sociopolitical terms, that is, as nationality, as ethnic group, as a people. By presenting itself as an alternative to the traditional synagogue, the synagogue-center serves as an historic departure in the construction of Jewish community and remains one of the most significant innovations of American Judaism.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780874518931
Author:
Kaufman, David
Publisher:
Brandeis University Press
Location:
Hanover, NH :
Subject:
Judaism - Beliefs Practices Rituals
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Jewish
Subject:
Jews
Subject:
Judaism
Subject:
Judaism - History
Subject:
Synagogues
Subject:
Jewish community centers.
Subject:
Judaism - Rituals & Practice
Subject:
Jewish - General
Subject:
Jews -- United States.
Subject:
Judaism -- United States -- History.
Edition Description:
Paperback
Series:
Brandeis Series in American Jewish History, Culture, and Life
Series Volume:
no. 1509
Publication Date:
19990131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
349
Dimensions:
9.23x6.18x.88 in. 1.06 lbs.

Related Subjects

Religion » Judaism » History
Religion » Judaism » Jewish History
Religion » Judaism » Jews in America
Religion » Judaism » Rituals and Practice

Shul with a Pool (Brandeis Series in American Jewish History, Culture, & Life)
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Product details 349 pages Brandeis University Press - English 9780874518931 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , Around the turn of the 20th century the idea of combining the Jewish house of worship with a center for community, educational, and social activities arose as a way of melding and meeting the needs of Jews in a changing social and religious environment. David Kaufman's fascinating examination shows how a quintessentially American institution — the synagogue-center — evolved into the primary locus of Jewish identification in this country.

This study encompasses social, religious, architectural, and American Jewish history to clarify the synagogue-center's many roles: as service agency, communal gathering place, unifying symbol, and sectarian institution fostering Jewish culture and education. But Kaufman also shows that as a unique amalgam of the religious and the secular, these centers embody a basic duality of American Jewish identity, a fundamental tension between Jews who see themselves primarily as members of a religious faith, and those who define themselves in more sociopolitical terms, that is, as nationality, as ethnic group, as a people. By presenting itself as an alternative to the traditional synagogue, the synagogue-center serves as an historic departure in the construction of Jewish community and remains one of the most significant innovations of American Judaism.

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