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Too Many Bored Jews in Synagogue
Admitting the Detachment and Enlivening Services

Abigail Pogrebin

Identity & Responsibility, Ritual, Prayer & Spirituality

It's taboo to admit it when we don't feel anything in synagogue services—some of us end up looking at our watches or taking naps. Last year, I watched my son's entire 7th grade class dutifully attend each other's services, only to get progressively turned off at each one. I wanted to shake the clergy, "You just missed such an opportunity to captivate—or at least intrigue—the next generation." In this session, I'll explore ways to invigorate worship for the less pious.

Abigail Pogrebin

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Abigail Pogrebin, former producer for Mike Wallace at 60 Minutes, is the author of "Stars of David: Prominent Jews Talk About Being Jewish" and "One and the Same," both published by Doubleday. She has written for numerous publications including New York Magazine, Harper's Bazaar and the Forward, and moderates an interview series at Manhattan's JCC called "What Everyone's Talking About."

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