Conservative Synagogues

A ‘New Song’ For Middle Movement

Conservative shuls turning to musical instruments to boost Shabbat services.

04/14/2015

When Rabbi Bruce Dollin first talked to the board at his Conservative synagogue about launching an alternative, singing-centered Shabbat morning service that would use musical instruments, he didn’t encounter much resistance.

Elie Greenberg and Rabbi Lauren Holtzblatt co-created the popular instrumental Shabbat evening service at Adas Israel.

The News From Philadelphia

Good news from the City of Brotherly Love.

It’s not just that my friend Hila Ratzabi moved there and not just that my former JTA boss Lisa Hostein has taken over its Jewish newspaper.

Now, a Conservative synagogue in suburban Philly is changing its policies to allow gentile spouses to become full synagogue members.
Temple Beth Hillel-Beth El’s new policy was written up a few weeks ago in A Jewish Newspaper That Shall Remain Nameless, in an article that accomplished the remarkable feat of writing at great length about various policies affecting intermarried families and quoting a number of sources, not one of them an intermarried person.

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Leaving Disappointed, But Not Despairing

Shrinking Conservative congregations, like B’nai Sholom in Rockville Centre, will one day regain members, says outgoing Rabbi Barry Dov Schwartz.

08/24/2010
Staff Writer

His congregation has steadily declined in membership over the last 15 years, dropping from between 600 and 700 members to less than half that number today.

“It’s not a shock,” said Rabbi Barry Dov Schwartz, spiritual leader for the past 37 years of Temple B’nai Sholom in Rockville Centre. “It’s where the Conservative movement has been heading for many years.”

Rabbi Barry Dov Schwartz.
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