What the Coronavirus Has Shown—and Concealed—about the Long-Term Health of America's Many Synagogues https://mosaicmagazine.com/response/religion-holidays/2021/04/what-the-coronavirus-has-shown-and-concealed-about-the-long-term-health-of-americas-many-synagogues/

No one should confuse the short-term impact of the pandemic with the decades-long erosion of Jewish religious participation.

April 1, 2021 | Jack Wertheimer
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 a response to How Will Synagogues Survive?, originally published in Mosaic in March 2021

Student cantor Kalix Jacobson, wearing traditional white cantorial attire, rehearses for the High Holidays services at Hebrew Tabernacle of Washington Heights on September 17, 2020 in New York City. Photo by Alexi Rosenfeld/Getty Images.

My thanks to Andrew T. Walker, Eli Steinberg, and Josh Beraha for joining the conversation about synagogue life during and after the pandemic. Each in his own way has broadened and enriched the discussion.

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