About the Institute

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The Synagogue Studies Institute, begun as a program of Synagogue 3000, works with scholars, clergy, and communal leaders to promote greater understanding of Jewish congregational life and to increase the value and stature of Synagogue Studies as a key field for academic research and seminary education. The Institute identifies key trends, convenes conversations around topics of common concern, promotes collaborative research, and disseminates important new knowledge to leaders in congregations as well as academic, communal, and philanthropic institutions.

Synagogue Studies Advisory Board

The views expressed in Synagogue Studies Institute publications do not necessarily represent those of Synagogue Studies Advisory Board. Responsibility for the research and findings in Institute publications rests solely with their author(s).

Dr. Nancy T. Ammerman
Boston University

Rabbi Bradley Shavit Artson
University of Judaism

Dr. Randall Balmer
Barnard College
Columbia University

Dr. Diana Butler Bass
Project on Congregations of Intentional Practice

Dr. Jackson Carroll
Duke University

Dr. Mark Chaves
Duke University

Dr. Steven M. Cohen
Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion

Rabbi Elliot Dorff
University of Judaism

Rabbi Dan Ehrenkrantz
Reconstructionist Rabbinical College

Dr. Arnold Eisen
Stanford University and the Jewish Theological Seminary

Rabbi David Ellenson
Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion

Rabbi Daniel Freelander
Union for Reform Judaism

Rabbi Arthur Green
Hebrew College

Dr. Felicia Herman

Rabbi Hayim Herring
STAR: Synagogue Transformation and Renewal

Dr. Joel Hoffman
Temple Shaaray Tefila & Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion

Rabbi Lawrence A. Hoffman
Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion

Richard Joel
Yeshiva University

Shawn Landres
Jewish Jumpstart

Rabbi Marc Margolius
Legacy Heritage Innovation Project

Dr. Donald Miller
University of Southern California

Lisa Farber Miller
Rose Community Foundation

Dr. Kerry M. Olitzky
Jewish Outreach Institute

Dr. Riv-Ellen Prell
University of Minnesota

Dr. Wade Clark Roof
University of California, Santa Barbara

Dr. David Roozen
Hartford Seminary

Dr. John Ruskay
UJA-Federation of New York

Dr. Jonathan Sarna
Brandeis University

Dr. Leonard Saxe
Brandeis University

Rabbi Sidney Schwarz
PANIM: The Institute for Jewish Leadership and Values

Barry Shrage
Combined Jewish Philanthropies of Greater Boston

Rabbi Aaron Spiegel
Indianapolis Center for Congregations

Dr. Gary Tobin
Institute for Jewish & Community Research

Richard Vosko, Ph.D., Hon. AIA
Designer and Consultant for Worship Environments

Dr. Rob Weinberg
Experiment in Congregational Education & Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion

Rabbi Avi Weiss
Yeshivat Chovevei Torah

Dr. Alan Wolfe
Boston College

Dr. Ron Wolfson
American Jewish University

Dr. Jonathan Woocher

Dr. Cynthia Woolever
Hartford Seminary

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