Keeping the Faith: What Will the Future Hold for U.S. Synagogues Post-lockdown?

Rabbis across America are hard at work on plans to reopen their shuls. Despite the ongoing health crisis and financial fears, many still see the year ahead as a time of opportunity. One thing’s for sure: Things will not be as they were before the coronavirus

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An illustrative photograph of a Jewish man wearing a protective face mask and laying tefillin on his arm, at the Great Synagogue of Marseille, May 28, 2020.
An illustrative photograph of a Jewish man wearing a protective face mask and laying tefillin on his arm, at the Great Synagogue of Marseille, May 28, 2020.Credit: AFP
Danielle Ziri
Danielle Ziri
Danielle Ziri
Danielle Ziri
Rabbi Joshua Davidson of Temple Emanu-El in New York City.
Rabbi Joshua Davidson of Temple Emanu-El in New York City.Credit: Naomi Ellenson
Temple B’nai Israel Rabbi Matt Cohen in Galveston, Texas.
Temple B’nai Israel Rabbi Matt Cohen in Galveston, Texas.Credit: Danielle Ziri
Temple B’nai Israel in Galveston, Texas.
Temple B’nai Israel in Galveston, Texas.Credit: Danielle Ziri
The Shul in Miami. After 10 weeks on hold, it reopened for Shavuot and Shabbat services on May 28-29.
The Shul in Miami. After 10 weeks on hold, it reopened for Shavuot and Shabbat services on May 28-29.Credit: Courtesy of The Shul
Worshippers at Temple B’nai Israel in Galveston, Texas, in pre-coronavirus times.
Worshippers at Temple B’nai Israel in Galveston, Texas, in pre-coronavirus times.Credit: Danielle Ziri
Temple Emanu-El in New York City in pre-coronavirus times.
Temple Emanu-El in New York City in pre-coronavirus times.Credit: Danielle Ziri
An illustrative photo showing the chief rabbi of Marseille, Ruben Ohana, during a morning public prayer at The Great Synagogue of Marseille, May 28, 2020.
An illustrative photo featuring the chief rabbi of Marseille, Ruben Ohana, during a morning public prayer at The Great Synagogue of Marseille, May 28, 2020.Credit: AFP

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