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James L. Heft

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780823226474

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: March 2011

DOI: 10.5422/fso/9780823226474.001.0001

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BJ: A Portrait of a Revitalized Synagogue

BJ: A Portrait of a Revitalized Synagogue

(p.125) BJ: A Portrait of a Revitalized Synagogue
Passing on the Faith

Rabbi J. Rolando Matalon

Fordham University Press

This chapter focuses on the activities of the Bnai Jeshurun (BJ) congregation located on the Upper West Side of Manhattan in New York City. In the 1970s and early 1980s, BJ suffered a severe decline and was faced with having almost no members. But in 1985, the Rabbi Marshall Meyer accepted the challenge to revitalize this community. Since 1991, the congregation's growth became geometric: every week more and more people came. Now the most salient point about this revitalized congregation is not the number of people but rather the level of commitment and involvement of the people who come.

Keywords:   Congregation Bnai Jeshurun, synagogues, congregations, Rabbi Marshall Meyer

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