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Creating American Reform JudaismLife and Times of Isaac Mayer Wise$
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Sefton D. Temkin

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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Sortie in Charleston: Backlash in Albany

Sortie in Charleston: Backlash in Albany

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6. Sortie in Charleston: Backlash in Albany
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Creating American Reform Judaism
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Sefton D. Temkin

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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.3828/liverpool/9781874774457.003.0010

This chapter examines Isaac Mayer Wise’s 1850 journey to Charleston. This was in a period which has been described as the golden age of Charleston Jewry. In his Reminiscences, Wise attributes his journey south to the state of his health following the death of his daughter in the previous summer. The Charleston congregation later elected Wise for a probationary term of two years as their minister. Wise’s dealings with Charleston, though far from being the origin or the sole cause of the dissensions surrounding his position in Albany, added to the poison in the atmosphere. In Charleston he unfurled his colours as a reformer without any equivocation, which was grist to the mill of enemies who professed concern for Orthodoxy. By accepting election to the Charleston rabbinate he broke his contract with Albany. By accepting re-election at Albany he broke faith with Charleston, which made its feelings known in Albany.

Keywords:   Charleston, Albany, Charleston Jewry, Charleston rabbinate, Albany congregation, Beth El

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