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Creating American Reform Judaism: Life and Times of Isaac Mayer Wise

Sefton D. Temkin


Isaac Mayer Wise (1819–1900), founder of the major institutions of Reform Judaism in America, was a man of his time — a pioneer in a pioneer’s world. When he came to America from his childhood Bohemia in 1846, he found fewer than 50,000 Jews and only two ordained rabbis. With his sense of mission and tireless energy, he set himself to tailoring the vehicle of Reform Judaism to meet the needs of the growing Jewish community. Wise strove for unity among American Jews, and for a college to train rabbis to serve them. The establishment of Hebrew Union College (1875) was the crowning achievement of ... More

Keywords: Isaac Mayer Wise, Reform Judaism, American Jews, Jewish community, rabbis, Minhag America, Jewish life

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Print publication date: 1998 Print ISBN-13: 9781874774457
Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: February 2021 DOI:10.3828/liverpool/9781874774457.001.0001


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Sefton D. Temkin, author

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1 Bohemia (1819–1846)

2 New Beginning (1846–1854)

4 Fulfilment: Years of Harvest