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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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Anshe Emeth

Anshe Emeth

7. Anshe Emeth
Creating American Reform Judaism

Sefton D. Temkin

Liverpool University Press

This chapter details Anshe Emeth, Isaac Mayer Wise’s new congregation. Fifty-six members of Beth El followed Wise into the new congregation, and they were joined at the outset by twenty-six people. Early in October, Wise went to New York, Philadelphia, and Baltimore with a commission to raise funds for the new congregation. Congregation Anshe Emeth later made arrangements for shechitah (ritual slaughter) early in its history, and not long afterwards gave orders for the construction of a mikveh (ritual bath). The most remarkable innovation came when the new synagogue was opened and an organ and family pews (instead of the traditional segregation of men and women) were introduced and accepted. A third innovation related to the music of the service. Apparently it was not chanted by the officiant.

Keywords:   Anshe Emeth, shechitah, mikveh, rabbinic innovations, fundraising, New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore

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