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Communities at Maturity

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/9780813124308.003.0010
Communities at Maturity

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This chapter discusses the maturity of the Jewish communities and settlements along the Ohio River. The first few decades of the new century were critical for the development of American Jewish culture. Migration numbers had increased, and a distinctive ethnic style had developed, which blended the Yiddish folk heritage and selected traditional religious practices. Some communities spawned elaborate organizational structures, but the synagogue still remained the central and dominant institution of small-town Jewish life.

Keywords: maturity; Jewish communities; Ohio River; development; American Jewish culture; ethnic style; Yiddish folk heritage; synagogue

Chapter.  8015 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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