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A Judaism for the Middle Class

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: http://dx.doi.org/10.5810/kentucky/9780813124308.003.0006
A Judaism for the Middle Class

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This chapter discusses the many changes that occurred during the mid-nineteenth century in small-town Jewish communities. Among these changes was the search for a place in middle-class American society amidst the spread of moderate religious reform. Although many Jews were achieving economic success, it was only one component of middle-class status. The trajectory of nineteenth-century American Judaism is thus not surprising: the synagogue changed to reflect Jews' new self-understanding, in the same way that the churches had changed to reflect Protestants' new self-understanding.

Keywords: changes; Jewish communities; moderate religious reform; middle class; American Judaism; self-understanding; Protestants; synagogue

Chapter.  6990 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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