BJ: A Portrait of a Revitalized Synagogue

Rabbi J. Rolando Matalon

in Passing on the Faith

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print January 2007 | ISBN: 9780823226474
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823236640 | DOI:

Series: Abrahamic Dialogues

BJ: A Portrait of a Revitalized Synagogue

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This chapter focuses on the activities of the Bnai Jeshurun (BJ) congregation located on the Upper West Side of Manhattan in New York City. In the 1970s and early 1980s, BJ suffered a severe decline and was faced with having almost no members. But in 1985, the Rabbi Marshall Meyer accepted the challenge to revitalize this community. Since 1991, the congregation's growth became geometric: every week more and more people came. Now the most salient point about this revitalized congregation is not the number of people but rather the level of commitment and involvement of the people who come.

Keywords: Congregation Bnai Jeshurun; synagogues; congregations; Rabbi Marshall Meyer

Chapter.  3919 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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