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In an effort to counter the confusion and isolation often experienced by a novice synagogue-goer, as well as by many who regularly attend synagogue, The Synagogue Survival Kit offers introductions and instructions for all aspects of the synagogue experience. Always mindful of the sophisticated adult reader with little or no Jewish background, Jordan Wagner clearly and comp In an effort to counter the confusion and isolation often experienced by a novice synagogue-goer, as well as by many who regularly attend synagogue, The Synagogue Survival Kit offers introductions and instructions for all aspects of the synagogue experience. Always mindful of the sophisticated adult reader with little or no Jewish background, Jordan Wagner clearly and comprehensively explains, in a non-dogmatic way, the practices, vocabulary, objects, and attitudes that one can expect to find in any synagogue.


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In an effort to counter the confusion and isolation often experienced by a novice synagogue-goer, as well as by many who regularly attend synagogue, The Synagogue Survival Kit offers introductions and instructions for all aspects of the synagogue experience. Always mindful of the sophisticated adult reader with little or no Jewish background, Jordan Wagner clearly and comp In an effort to counter the confusion and isolation often experienced by a novice synagogue-goer, as well as by many who regularly attend synagogue, The Synagogue Survival Kit offers introductions and instructions for all aspects of the synagogue experience. Always mindful of the sophisticated adult reader with little or no Jewish background, Jordan Wagner clearly and comprehensively explains, in a non-dogmatic way, the practices, vocabulary, objects, and attitudes that one can expect to find in any synagogue.

43 review for The Synagogue Survival Kit

  1. 5 out of 5

    Mariah

    I've been reading about Judaism, and wanted to have an idea of what I was in for if I visited a synagogue, so I thought this book might be helpful. It gives very comprehensive tour of Jewish liturgy- so much so that my low-church Protestant brain got rather lost in its complexity. However I did learn some interesting things on how Jews view prayer and etiquette surrounding religious items like Torah scrolls, prayer shawls, and skull caps. The author seems to present it as a beginner text, but it I've been reading about Judaism, and wanted to have an idea of what I was in for if I visited a synagogue, so I thought this book might be helpful. It gives very comprehensive tour of Jewish liturgy- so much so that my low-church Protestant brain got rather lost in its complexity. However I did learn some interesting things on how Jews view prayer and etiquette surrounding religious items like Torah scrolls, prayer shawls, and skull caps. The author seems to present it as a beginner text, but it's really not. This is a better book for those who have some experience with synagogues but want to learn more. So it's actually a good book, just not what I was looking for.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Marlena

    I am Jewish, but was not raised going to regular services. This book not only provides practical information, but gives the backgrounds of rituals, how they formed, and ritual objects and their significance. While a good amount I knew, it was nice to know why things are done the way they are in a synagogue and sometimes when this developed in history and the variations between orthodox, conservative, reform, Ashkenazic and Sephardic traditions. Highly recommended for anyone wanting a fuller unde I am Jewish, but was not raised going to regular services. This book not only provides practical information, but gives the backgrounds of rituals, how they formed, and ritual objects and their significance. While a good amount I knew, it was nice to know why things are done the way they are in a synagogue and sometimes when this developed in history and the variations between orthodox, conservative, reform, Ashkenazic and Sephardic traditions. Highly recommended for anyone wanting a fuller understanding of Jewish rituals.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Kaiti

    This was a great book for explaining the how and why of services. The order things were presented in didn't totally make sense to me, but it gave me a lot of "aha" moments and understanding of why things are the way they are! This was a great book for explaining the how and why of services. The order things were presented in didn't totally make sense to me, but it gave me a lot of "aha" moments and understanding of why things are the way they are!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Craig Bolton

    The Synagogue Survival Kit by Jordan Wagner (1997)

  5. 4 out of 5

    Stephenie

    Great book with all sorts of useful information, a must read for anyone not raised in Jewish tradition who is curious about Jewish services. It is a bit dry at times, but overall an awesome book.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Elisa Guajardo Carothers

    This book really helped me understand my Jewish roots more! A great guide with some fun Jewish Midrash!

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