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Azi Schwartz, of Manhattan’s famous Conservative synagogue, has undergone a spiritual transition to an American-style Judaism. He talks about his journey, his Broadway-inflected music and the rift splitting U.S. Jews and Israel

Haim Handwerker

Oct. 18, 2021 2:44 PM

Haim Handwerker

Oct. 18, 2021 2:44 PM

Azi Schwartz was up on the pulpit last week at Manhattan’s Park Avenue Synagogue in Manhattan. On Rosh Hashanah too he led a service at the grand Conservative synagogue – but accompanied by an orchestra of 50 New York Metropolitan Opera musicians, before a mixed male-female crowd. In the Orthodox establishment he comes from, people like him are described as “worse than Christians.” Sometimes they are the target of threats as well.

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