After 40 years in Israel, Nesim Bencoya returned to his once-cosmopolitan hometown in Turkey to save its hidden synagogues
I used to feel alienated in synagogue, unsure of what I was supposed to do. Attending services on Zoom during the pandemic helped me get more comfortable—and now I’m finally ready to go in person without feeling awkward.
How COVID, suburban migration, and technology are sweeping away legacy institutions and shaping a new 21st-century form of American Jewish identity
How American synagogues grew into giant complexes with cavernous sanctuaries
When synagogues close or congregations merge, what happens to the stained-glass windows that once graced their sanctuaries?
A new kind of spiritual community blossoms
Around the country, shuls facing declining attendance are being converted into museums and cultural centers
How I found—and lost—a religious space where I felt inspired
I left my congregation seven years ago. I feel more Jewish than ever. But sometimes I do miss the sense of community.
Our synagogues need a police presence that makes all of us feel safe—including those who are terrified of police
At age 34, far from home, I joined a synagogue for the first time—in Charlottesville
Synagogues finally tackle mental health
Congregations around the country have found ways to protect the environment and combat the effects of climate change
This area was once the center of London’s Jewish community, boasting almost 200 synagogues. Just four remain today. But don’t count them out quite yet.
The rise in Americans identifying as nonbinary poses a question for synagogues: How to invite some congregants for an aliyah.
It is not being investigated as a bias crime, according to a report
When a synagogue closes, what happens to its ark, its pews, its yahrzeit plaques—the unique, often handcrafted items that helped define it?
What happens when a former synagogue becomes a private residence?
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