By Marc Lee Raphael
In 1789, whilst George Washington used to be elected the 1st president of the U.S., laymen from all six Jewish congregations within the new country despatched him congratulatory letters. He spoke back to all six. therefore, after greater than a century of Jewish lifestyles in colonial the USA the small groups of Jews current on the delivery of the state proudly introduced their non secular associations to the rustic and have been well-known via its new chief. by way of this time, the synagogue had turn into the main major establishment of yankee Jewish existence, a dominance that was once now not challenged until eventually the 20 th century, whilst different associations resembling Jewish neighborhood facilities or Jewish philanthropic agencies claimed to be the hearts in their Jewish communities.
Concise but complete, The Synagogue in America is the 1st heritage of this all-important constitution, illuminating its altering position in the American Jewish group over the process 3 centuries. From Atlanta and Des Moines to la and New Orleans, Marc Lee Raphael strikes past the recent York metropolitan zone to check Orthodox, Reform, Conservative, and Reconstuctionist synagogue existence all over. utilizing the documents of roughly one hundred twenty five Jewish congregations, he lines the emergence of the synagogue within the usa from its first circumstances within the colonial interval, whilst all the part dozen preliminary Jewish groups had only one synagogue every one, to its proliferation because the country and the yank Jewish neighborhood grew and diversified.
Encompassing structure, kinds of worship, rabbinic lifestyles, fundraising, inventive liturgies, and feminism, The Synagogue in America is the go-to historical past for realizing the synagogue’s importance in American Jewish life.
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The Synagogue in America: A Short History by Marc Lee Raphael