Religions and Spirituality

Summit's Temple Sinai Hosts Shabbat Live Service Jan. 22, Talk on Future of Liberal Judaism Jan. 31

Andrew Silow-Caroll will speak on January 31. Credits:
SUMMIT, NJ - Temple Sinai in Summit will host two unique events during the year's opening month, beginning with a Shabbat Live service on January 22, and continuing with a presentation entitled, "The Triumphant Right, the Emerging Left and the Soft Middle: Three Trends that Define American Jewry" January 31.
Shabbat Live
Shabbat Live is an informal, spirited and upbeat service featuring music and congregational participation, where prayer is enhanced with musical instruments, beautiful melodies, and creative readings.
Led by Rabbi Stuart Gershon and Cantor Marina Shemesh, the service begins at 7:30 p.m.
"... Three Trends that Define American Jewry"

Andrew Silow-Caroll, Editor in Chief of the New Jersey Jewish News and the former managing editor of the Forward, will be the featured speaker in an presentation focusing on the future of liberal Judaism.

Recent demographic studies suggest that amid soaring intermarriage and assimilation rates, the Jewish Community is destined to shrink in size and influence. A closer look at the data, however,  suggests different, even contradictory trend: Orthodox Jewry is growing, liberal Jewish identity is broad but vulnerable, and the Conservative "Center" is not holding. 
Are predictions of the demise of liberal Judaism on target or alarmist? Will the Jewish vote shift to the right? The session will examine the data, and focus on the proactive steps all movements are taking as they face the Jewish future.

The Lunch and Learn event on January 31 includes lunch 1:15 p.m., the presentation at 1:45 p.m., followed by Q&A at 3 p.m.

Those interested in attending are asked to RSVP by January 27 to, or call 908-273-4921 ext.10.

The cost of this program is $10 per person. Temple Sinai is located at 208 Summit Avenue.

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