Shul Going: 2500 Years of Impressions and Reflections on Visits to the Synagogue: by Charles Heller (1965)

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Covering 2500 years, here are the impressions of synagogue worshipers and visitors, Jews and non-Jews, told in their own words, from Jeremiah to George Washington, Liszt, and Yossele Rosenblatt, from the slums of Rio to the shtetls of Ukraine to the temple in Jerusalem. Here is the Jewish experience–tragic, comic, and inspiring by turns.

Charles Heller is the award-winning author of What to Listen for in Jewish Music ( He is on the editorial board of the Journal of Synagogue Music and has fifty years of experience as a composer and synagogue music director, working alongside the world’s leading cantors.