Strife In the Sanctuary: Religious Schism in a Jewish Community

Strife In the Sanctuary: Religious Schism in a Jewish Community

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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: 9780585208046
Publisher: AltaMira Press
Publication date: 01/01/2000
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 262
File size: 1 MB

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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