There is no other music collection like this. Edited by Merri Lovinger Arian and published by Synagogue 2000, R’fuah Sh’leimah was compiled in response to a growing need from synagogues of all denominations, in response to all who yearn for the nearness of God. The 175-page volume of solos, simple chants, choral arrangements and participatory …

S3K Senior Academic Fellow Larry Hoffman presents a thoughtful critique of synagogue life from the perspective of congregational studies, a newly emerging interdisciplinary field devoted to congregational life. The premise of the book is that discussions in and about synagogues usually revert to such old and tired language as “programming, dues structures, and congregants’ needs” …

Jewish Lights Publishing, Spring 2006 by Ron Wolfson S3K President Ron Wolfson tackles the issues facing synagogues in attracting and retaining members. There are three major sections on: “Welcoming Ambience” – that is, how to create a culture of welcome in a congregation, “Welcoming Worship” – analysis of “seeker-sensitive” worship and why it works, and …