This House We Build: Lessons for Healthy Synagogues and the People Who Dwell There

by Terry Bookman, William Kahn. Rowman & Littlefield, 2007.

This book combines organizational theory with Jewish faith values to present advice and case studies on how to build positive relationships and avoid serious conflict.


healthy houses, healthy congregants, healthy clergy, healthy relationships, case studies, clergy transitions

Best For

Jewish clergy and lay leaders


purchase as a book or e-book

Suggested Uses

  • Navigate conflict-ridden situations like deciding what to do with an endowment fund by reading similar case studies from other congregations.
  • Build the foundation for a healthy congregation by learning how organizational theory can go hand-in-hand with faith values.

About the Contributor

Beth Booram

Beth Booram is the co-founder and director of Fall Creek Abbey, an urban retreat center in Indianapolis dedicated to “renewing the contemplative spirit.” In addition, she is a trained spiritual director and author of several books including When Faith Becomes Sight. Beth worked for five years on contract as a resource consultant with the Center for Congregations. 


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