Synagogue


Throughout the long and often tortuous history of the Jews,  The Synagogue has been a constant presence and a source of spiritual strength. Playing a symbolic as well as a practical role, it has acted as a focus for the faith of countless Jewish communities all over the world. The significance placed on The Synagogue, with its rituals and traditions, emphasizes the fact that Judaism is not simply a religion but a way of life. 


More than a gloriously illustrated celebration of the Jewish synagogue, this stirring album charts Jewish history, culture and worship through the prism of Jews' houses of worship. Beginning with Solomon's Temple in Jerusalem, completed in 950 BCE, British architectural historian Meek surveys early synagogues of the Greco-Roman world, ornate Islamic-style temples built under Moslem rule in Spain, Renaissance and Baroque prayer-houses of Venice and Padua. 


We visit the Great Portuguese Synagogue in Amsterdam (1671-75), spiritual center of western Sephardim, the extraordinary wooden temples of Poland, built as early as 1642 (all torched by the Germans in WWII), Marc Chagall's stained-glass windows depicting the Twelve Tribes of Israel in a Jerusalem synagogue and modernist temples in the U.S. designed by Walter Gropius, Philip Johnson and Frank Lloyd Wright. More than 200 prints, architectural drawings, paintings and photographs, most in color, complement an informal text to evoke the synagogue as a reservoir of spiritual strength and renewal. 


In a lively narrative, Harold .A. Meek gradually unfolds the story of the synagogue from its origins in Solomon's Temple to its exuberant Baroque phase in Venice and thence to the classic simplicity of the modern building. Over the course of several millennial  the style of the synagogues has grown and developed, drawing in a vast array of cultural and artistic influences to produce a rich and coherent heritage. A heritage that is always aware of its biblical antecedents and still strongly based on God's commandment to Moses to construct a tabernacle in the desert. 


Illustrated with specially commissioned photography from around the world, this book provides a detailed and comprehensive picture of the synagogue and its decoration. Numerous metropolitan and provincial synagogues, from the flamboyantly Moorish to the sparsely contemporary, are represented as a celebration of the art and architecture of Judaism. A book to be savoured and treasured, "The Synagogue " should inspire and fascinate both Jews and Gentiles alike.



In an effort to counter the confusion and isolation often experienced by a novice synagogue-goer, as well as by many who regularly attend synagogue,  The Synagogue Survival Kit: A Guide to Understanding Jewish Religious Services offers introductions and instructions for all aspects of the synagogue experience. No matter what kind of synagogue you attend, the roadmap is the same. Some synagogues may read certain prayers in English translation rather than the original Hebrew or replace some traditional prayers with newer versions, but the service will still touch on the same topics in the same order for the same reasons. If you know the structure of the traditional service, you can readily find your place in any other one.


The Synagogue Survival Kit maps the complete traditional service structure and points out the changes commonly encountered in different congregations in an effort to counter the confusion and isolation often experienced by novice synagogue-goers and regular attendees, alike. Always mindful of the sophisticated, adult reader with little or no Jewish background, Jordan Lee Wagner clearly and comprehensively explains the practices, vocabulary, objects, and attitudes that one can expect to find in any synagogue. The Synagogue Survival Kit: A Guide to Understanding Jewish Religious Services provided great explanations in an easy to read format of what that experience would be like. 



Generation to Generation provides a needed corrective to the general tendency in ministry to focus on the individual.  Friedman uses his unique position as family therapist and rabbi to explore ways to be an effective agent of change in a group. He shows how ceremonies and rituals, as developmental markers in the lives of families and organizations, can be transformed into systemic interventions that spur healing and growth. 


In the footsteps of Murray Bowen, Friedman moves seamlessly between a leader's self-differentiation as a person and his or her role within families and other systems, giving each their due. For family therapists, Generation to Generation is a pioneering text that illuminates the relevance of personal spirituality and religious life to the functioning of healthy families.


An acclaimed, influential work now available in paper for the first time, this bestselling book applies the concepts of systemic family therapy to the emotional life of congregations. Edwin H. Friedman shows how the same understanding of family process that can aid clergy in their pastoral role also has important ramifications for negotiating congregational dynamics and functioning as an effective leader. 


Clergy from diverse denominations, as well as family therapists and counselors, have found that this book directly addresses the dilemmas and crises they encounter daily. It is widely used as a text in courses on family systems and pastoral care.Generation to Generation: Family Process in Church and Synagogue (The Guilford Family Therapy Series) is well written and lively...required reading for pastoral counselors of every persuasion....Any therapist will find here new techniques for bringing about changes and will enlarge his or her conceptual framework of the human dilemma


Quickly Learn the Prayers and Songs of the Sabbath Services! Pause at each congregational reading or song and learn the words and melodies as they are clearly read and sung aloud.Sing along in the synagogue! Learn the basic songs and prayers of the Sabbath services, so you can join and sing along with ease. Includes 27 of the most popular tunes and prayers from Friday night and Sabbath day davening in a typical synagogue. Great as an educational tool or for simply enjoying the inspiring prayers and songs of the Sabbath services. 


The Shabbat Synagogue Companion (Audio CD) Included are Chabad Niggunim (Hassidic melodies not common outside of Hassidic and Chabad Services) such as Ho-aderes and the Hannukah-only piyyut (poem) Ma'oz Tzur. Most notably missing are the universal chants Barchu, Avot V'Emahot (naming of the matriarchs and patriarchs), Kaddish, Kedusha, Blessings before and after the Torah, blessings before and after the Haftara. Get Your Copy Now.







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