A Jerusalem Synagogue Coping During the Coronavirus Pandemic: Challenges and Opportunities

Ephraim Shapiro, Livia Levine, Avi Kay

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Abstract

A diverse Modern Orthodox synagogue in Jerusalem continued to serve its congregants and maintain community despite closures and restrictions during the coronavirus pandemic. Members were surveyed in April 2020. There were minorities of members who were experiencing mental health issues, especially those less acculturated and no one surveyed received any professional mental health help. About a quarter of the members said that regular check-ins were important but some said they were not receiving enough of them. Synagogues can potentially serve as coping resources for congregants both during periods of crisis as well as during regular periods of operation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)81-98
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of Religion and Health
Volume60
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 2021

Keywords

  • Coping
  • Coronavirus
  • Faith-based organizations
  • Mental health
  • Synagogue

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