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In Search of Ten Good Men and Women
What Happened to the Minyan in Reform Judaism?

Leon Morris

Ritual, Prayer & Spirituality, Text & Thought

The American Reform movement, while never explicitly rejecting the notion of a minyan, has been ambivalent about it over the course of the last century. The minyan points to critical areas of tension in American Jewish life: the centrality of community within a Jewish framework that is increasingly about the self; the meaning of requirements and standards for a Jewish community that sees personal autonomy as a defining feature of Jewish life; and hard distinctions between Jews and non-Jews.

Leon Morris

Temple Adas Israel

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Leon A. Morris is the rabbi of Temple Adas Israel in Sag Harbor, NY. After living in Manhattan for 18 years (and serving as the founding director of the Skirball Center for Adult Jewish Learning for 10 of them) he and his wife, Dasee Berkowitz, moved to the East End of Long Island where together they are building community, writing, learning and spending time with their son Tamir and daughter Yael.

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