Jack Wertheimer's Critique of American Synagogues is On-Target—and Woefully Off

Today’s liberal Judaism may or may not have struck the right balance between tradition and change; but that’s a conversation worth having.

A rabbi practices blowing the shofar before the start of Rosh Hashanah services. Getty.

A rabbi practices blowing the shofar before the start of Rosh Hashanah services. Getty.

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Sept. 17 2018
About the author

Elliot Cosgrove is the rabbi of the Park Avenue Synagogue, a Conservative congregation, in Manhattan.


As a preeminent scholar of American Jewish history, Jack Wertheimer has shaped the thinking not only of his academic discipline but also of thousands of rabbis, cantors, Jewish educators, and professionals. From my student days onward, I have been one of his beneficiaries—and so, in more recent years, have been the congregants of Park Avenue Synagogue in New York, where I have the honor of serving as rabbi and where on several occasions he has been a welcome guest speaker.

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