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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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Congregation B’nai Jeshurun

Congregation B’nai Jeshurun

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2. Congregation B’nai Jeshurun
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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/9781874774457.003.0018

This chapter shows that changes in the B’nai Jeshurun service did not lag far behind Isaac Mayer Wise’s arrival. First he set about introducing a choir, which had been attempted before but without lasting success. Overcoming the doubts of the president, Wise persisted, and when the trustees met in 1854, a letter from Wise was read announcing that the choir, twenty-five in number, would be ready to take part in the service on the ensuing Friday evening. The repertoire was taken from Sulzer and Naumbourg. He went on to suggest a number of liturgical modifications. With one exception (the omission of the talmudic passage Bameh madlikin, dealing with the laws of the Sabbath lamp), these affected style rather than content.

Keywords:   B’nai Jeshurun, rabbinic reforms, liturgical modifications, choir, ministry

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