The American Synagogue: A Sanctuary Transformed

Wertheimer, Jack., ed. The American Synagogue: A Sanctuary Transformed. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1998.

This scholarly collection of essays demonstrates the centrality of the synagogue to the American Jewish experience. By using an innovative case study approach and analyzing several synagogues, these essays include a wealth of information on the American Synagogue. Such essays include; Education in the Synagogue, the Synagogue Sisterhood, Ethnic-Religious Ambiguities, Choosing a Synagogue, and Music in the American Synagogue. This anthology also overviews denominational differences between the Orthodox Synagogue, the Reformed Synagogue, and the Conservative Synagogue. The American Synagogue illustrates the diversity and richness of synagogue life and suggests ways to approach further study