Shuls in US are major instiutions - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Baka von Schweitzer
    • 07.02.13 | 14:23 (IST)

    Fascinating article. A key difference between US and Israeli congregations is that in America the shul is a major communal institution. Your family pays a high membership fee, it employs numerous full-time staff, you hold Bar Mitzvahs and weddings there, etc. None of this obtains in Israel. Families in a Jewish US suburb cannot easily drop out and start another competing institution. But easy to do for singles in Manhattan.

    from the article: Why hasn't the Orthodox egalitarian 'synagogue revolution' taken hold in America?
    First published 10:55 07.02.13 | Last updated 10:55 07.02.13
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