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Tomorrow's Synagogue Today: Creating Vibrant Centers of Jewish Life

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In the past decade many intelligent people who care deeply about synagogues have written about them. So how is this book different from all other books? Many books take the overall mission of the synagogue as a given, and the recommendations around structure are really about incremental change. Tomorrow's Synagogue Today stimulates the reader to unleash the power of synago ...more
Paperback, 150 pages
Published February 17th 2012 by Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (first published January 1st 2012)
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This is my lay review of Tomorrow’s Synagogue Today , by Hayim Herring and provide my thoughts. I have used feedback I supplied to my Rabbi, deleting personal information about the Rabbi and the congregation.

I felt that Chapter 4, “Remixing the Rabbinate” and certain portions of the last chapter were extremely strong. The rest of the book was well-written but reminded me of the lyrics of Bob Dylan’s “Blowin’ in the Wind” and the M
Simcha York
Hayim Herring's Tomorrow's Synagogue Today tends to favor the abstract and inspirational over the practical, with a lot of talk about where synagogue's need to get to but not so much about how to actually get there. But it is, nevertheless, a book that should probably be read by any rabbi or synagogue lay leader who has looked out over empty sanctuaries and diminishing revenues and wondered what should be done to reverse these trends.

The most important take-away from Herring's book is that rabbi
Jun 19, 2012 rated it liked it
Rabbi Hayyim Herring raises some important questions and challenges for synagogues - their rabbis, other professionals, and lay-leaders to consider.

The book looks thin, don't be deceived. It has some important Torah.
Susie Chalom
Mar 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
Clear and organized thinking from an experienced community leader who has reflected on the impact the past few years have had on Jewish communal life and what needs to be done in order to survive and even thrive in the 21st century.
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Lots of very intriguing ideas for moving synagogues into the 21st century. Not all of the ideas are for everyone, but the book is great for making you think about how things could be changed.
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Rabbi Hayim Herring, Ph.D., is an author, presenter and nonprofit organizational futurist, with a specialty in Jewish community. Hayim is known as an organizational visionary, entrepreneur and expert consultant for faith-based and socially responsible nonprofit organizations. Hayim’s areas of expertise include entrepreneurship, organizational foresight and strategic exploration. In addition to ove ...more

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