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Kaufman, David. Shul with a Pool: The "Synagogue-Center" in American Jewish History.
Brandeis: Univ. Pr. of New England. (American Jewish History, Culture, & Life). 1998. c.352p, photogs, index. ISBN 0-87451-876-8. $50; pap. ISBN 0-87451-893-8. $24.95. REL
The synagogue has always been the focal point of the Jewish community, combining the prayer hall with the study hall and acting as a social center from medieval times. Kaufman describes the synagogue, or "shul" in Eastern European vernacular, in its latest transformation. In America, with assimilation precipitating an identity crisis within the Jewish community, the shul was transformed into …