Spirituality at B’nai Jeshurun: Reflections of Two Scholars and Three Rabbis

BJ ReportSynagogue 3000’s Synagogue Studies Institute is proud to release its report, “Spirituality at B’nai Jeshurun: Reflections of Two Scholars and Three Rabbis.”

This S3K Report on “BJ” combines the perspectives of outsiders and insiders, as well as rabbis and social scientists.

In 1998 under the auspices of then Synagogue 2000 and Congregation B’nai Jeshurun itself, Professors Ayala Fader and Mark Kligman undertook a rich and revealing ethnography of this unique Upper West Side New York Congregation. Ten years later, they present their reflections. “The New Jewish Spirituality and Prayer: Take BJ, For Instance,” discerns the elements of BJ’s synagogue culture in a truly insightful and valuable fashion.

B’nai Jeshurun’s three spiritual leaders – Rabbis J. Rolando Matalon, Marcelo R. Bronstein and Felicia L. Sol – offer their fascinating perspective on the distinctive BJ experience in, “Take BJ from its Rabbis’ Point of View.”
S3K co-founder Rabbi Larry Hoffman and S3K Director of Research Professor Steven M. Cohen introduce the companion pieces, adding their views and insights to the mix.

These three pieces, compiled into one report, offer an unusual perspective into one of the most intriguing Jewish congregations in North America today.

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