Religious Conflicts and Congruity

Amy Hill Shevitz

in Jewish Communities on the Ohio River

Published by University Press of Kentucky

Published in print August 2007 | ISBN: 9780813124308
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813134932 | DOI:
Religious Conflicts and Congruity

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This chapter discusses the different debates over the direction of American Judaism. These debates reflected the internal struggle to respond to modernity that had engaged Jews in the Western world for about a century. This was particularly sharpened by the unprecedented conditions of Jewish life in America. The Jews that lived in the large and small towns in the Ohio River Valley were in the eye of the storm. They played a critical role in formulating the response that became institutionalized in American Reform Judaism.

Keywords: debates; American Judaism; Jews; internal struggle; conditions; Jewish life; Ohio River Valley; American Reform Judaism

Chapter.  7319 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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