How Will Synagogues Survive?

It’s been a year since most American synagogues closed their doors. Will the practices they adopted to survive undermine their prospects when the pandemic ends?

A man setting up for outdoor services on September 18, 2020. ODD ANDERSEN/AFP via Getty Images.

A man setting up for outdoor services on September 18, 2020. ODD ANDERSEN/AFP via Getty Images.

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March 1 2021
About the author

Jack Wertheimer is professor of American Jewish history at the Jewish Theological Seminary. His latest book, The New American Judaism: How Jews Practice their Religion Today, has been issued recently as a paperback.

This is the second in a series of articles about the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on different sectors of the American Jewish community. The first, on the response of Jewish communal institutions, can be found here.

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