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Shul tripping—a nostalgic hippie tours the alternative scene

URL: http://www.jewishjournal.com/community_briefs/article/shul_tripping_a_nostalgic_hippie_tours_the_alternative_scene_20071012

So, this past summer, I made the rounds of alternative synagogues, minyans and chavurot in Los Angeles, to see whether any spoke to me. I visited more than a dozen places that aspire to the spiritual life I associate with the 1960s: They're egalitarian, inclusive, committed to social action and steeped in music. They seek joyful experience instead of dogma, connection to one another and the outside world rather than status, healing instead of judgment and passionate involvement rather than merely showing up and mouthing prayers.

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