Report on Religious Field Research

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Assignment 2: Report on Religious Field Research

Jocelyn Johnson

REL 212 – World Religions

September 9, 2012

The purpose of this paper is to provide a comprehensive analysis of the Jewish religion, Judaism, by attending a religious service and talking with the members of the Jewish faith in order to get to know their values, traditions, and demeanor. I will visit the Hebrew congregation synagogue in Reston, Virginia in order to attend a religious service and converse with members of the Jewish faith. This analysis will also incorporate any misconceptions that were found after learning more about the religion through interacting with members of the Jewish faith and spending time at their place of worship. This paper will aim to test my assumptions and preconceptions of Judaism through my research and interaction with people of its faith during my attendance at the religious service.

I don’t know too much about the Jewish religion, but I do have several friends that I went to school with who are Jewish. So I decided to call one of them to see if he wanted to come to the Hebrew Congregation to visit their place of worship. I attended the Hebrew Congregation with my friend, Adam Stroul. Although Adam was Jewish, he himself has actually not spent a great deal of time in synagogues or Hebrew Congregations. Therefore, we both were in for an enlightening and intellectual experience. During our time at the Hebrew Congregation Center Synagogue in Reston, Virginia, we came to get to know several members of the Jewish faith and learned a great deal about the Jewish religion, Judaism. Judaism is a religion that is indigenous to the nation of Israel. However, there are members of the Jewish faith that exist across the entire globe. Nearly all of the members of Jewish faith that I encountered at the Hebrew Congregation were very friendly, courteous, and welcoming. I mentioned that I was a guest and I came to gain some perspective on the...
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