What Kind of Theater Goer Are You?

This morning on my way to Summit Middle School, I was listening to an NPR discussion about the change in people’s behavior at Broadway shows.  An NPR contributor listed three major categories of theater-goers:  (1) the mostly older group that expects a certain level of decorum during a cultural experience; (2) the slightly younger group that pays a premium price for tickets and expects to be entertained and served every moment; and (3) the mostly younger group that wants to ‘tweet’ or ‘text’ throughout the show as if they were sitting on couches in their own homes.  I couldn’t help but think how this mirrors the changing worship experience in synagogues across the country.  Different people approach the synagogue with different expectations.   So, what kind of theater-goer are you?  And what kind of shul-goer are you?


About Rabbi Avi Friedman

I am the rabbi of Congregation Ohr Shalom - SJCC, a progressive Conservative and traditional congregation. I am also husband to Jodi as well as father to Gabi, Jonah, Jessica and Ilana. I have been a part of the Summit community since 2005.
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