Who needs a corportate synagogue?! - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Zev Davis
    • 07.10.13 | 20:46 (IDT)

    Actually not so long ago, in the '30's up to the mid 50's synagogues were not that big. They built a building, around a core of members that covered the costs of maintaining the place, and . . . depending on the membership they migh even have added a social hall that enabled people to make weddings and bar mitzvahs, or otherwise rent it out "as a hall" with a caterer. Then there were the Stieibels, holes in the wall, rented rooms, even rented space in larger synagogues where they held their services, with those worshippers paying "their dues", Yes, Virginia, there was politics in those synagogues, but it was much les vitriolic, though ti could get pretty petty at times. You pay a price when you create "an infrastructure", Perhaps Israel is fortunate that there is a Chief Rabinate for its towns and regions. People orgainze their own "houses of worship" as they see fit, albeit, they are pro forma Halachically Observant for the most part. Yeah, there is politics there, too, Then again, when two people dedide to anything together, or even more, even it's not a synagogue, it's politics nontheless.

    from the article: Shul politics are tough
    First published 13:00 07.10.13 | Last updated 13:00 07.10.13
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