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New heights for High Holidays

New heights for High Holidays

Like many rabbis, David Greenspoon spends a lot of time performing services away from houses of worship – officiating weddings, presiding over bar and bat mitzvahs, visiting the sick. And he recently started noticing something odd: More and more people in these settings were telling him they belonged to no congregation at all. "If I ever joined a synagogue, it would have to have this, that, or the other," he said they'd confide. Greenspoon had run into a notable trend. Among the non-Orthodox, a solid majority of American Jews are unaffiliated with a synagogue today — an impediment for those who, like many, at least want to attend services during the High Holy...