As a bit of a follow-up to my discussion of how new machzorim will be adopted at the end of my review of Mahzor Lev Shalem and Machzor Eit Ratzon, my dad just pointed out this little piece about Lev Shalem in Austin’s Jewish Outlook. The Outlook is Austin’s local Federation-pamphlet-masquerading-as-a-newspaper entity.
This method of reading it online is pretty cracked out, but if you flip (flip!?) to page 28, you’ll see a little piece about the local Conservative outfit, Congregation Agudas Achim, adopting a limited set of Lev Shalem. They said CAA has purchased about 30 copies of MLS to supplement their existing machzorim for those who are interested.
The other machzor I reviewed, Machzor Eit Ratzon (and its older companion, Siddur Eit Ratzon), was created not by a movement but by Rutgers math professor Joe Rosenstein. What’s interesting is that CAA is adopting their movement’s new machzor in the same way that Joe recommends that some might adopt his siddur and machzor, as supplementary texts for interested congregants.
Of course the reasons that they’ve bought so few copies may be financial or it may be that there aren’t enough in print yet. But it’s still interesting. I wonder if there is a larger trend toward adopting a few copies of a supplementary siddur in synagogues.