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Strife in the Sanctuary: Religious Schism in a Jewish Community / Edition 1

Strife in the Sanctuary: Religious Schism in a Jewish Community / Edition 1

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For more than forty years there was a single synagogue in the quiet town of Williamette, Oregon. But then disagreements over gender roles, homosexuality, Israeli politics, and other issues tore the synagogue in two. Where there was once one Jewish community under one roof, there are now two hostile congregations--one Reconstructionist, one Orthodox--across the street from one another. Through a year as a participant in both congregations and in-depth interviews, Zuckerman tells a mesmerizing story of this religious schism. Strife in the Sanctuary then contemplates why religious groups split apart and how religious symbols come to mean different things to different groups. The first book-length study of a single congregation breaking in two, Strife in the Sanctuary provides a welcome ethnographic study for sociologists of religion. Plus, its moving story makes it an excellent read for undergraduate classes or anyone interested in religious divisions.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780761990543
Publisher: AltaMira Press
Publication date: 01/28/1999
Series: And the Diaspora; 4
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 262
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Phil Zuckerman is a professor of sociology at Pitzer College.

Table of Contents

chapter 1 1. Introduction chapter 2 2. Two Congregations chapter 3 3. Community Forms chapter 4 4. The Community Before the Storm chapter 5 5. Division Begins chapter 6 6. Orthodoxy chapter 7 7. The Schism chapter 8 8. Then There Were Two chapter 9 9. The Sociology of Religious Schism chapter 10 10. Conclusion chapter 11 Glossary

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