Cultural anthropologist Alanna E. Cooper is Case Western Reserve University’s director of Jewish Lifelong Learning, and is writing a book Preserving and Disposing of the Sacred: American Jewish Congregations.

Saying Kaddish for a Rust Belt Congregation

When Temple Hadar Israel in New Castle, Pennsylvania, closed its doors, most of its ritual objects were disbursed to other congregations. What was left was buried in a cemetery.

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