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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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Zion College

Zion College

4. Zion College
Creating American Reform Judaism

Sefton D. Temkin

Liverpool University Press

This chapter explores another venture that was close to Isaac Mayer Wise’s heart. In 1854, the Israelite contained an announcement calling the Jews of Cincinnati to a general meeting with a view to establishing ‘a college on the pattern of German universities, connected with a theological seminary, and a seminary for teachers, in order to promulgate science and the interests of Judaism among our fellow-citizens’. An institution of the dimensions contemplated needed more than local support, and Wise immediately took the lead in organizing such support outside Cincinnati through speaking tours. These tours give fresh evidence of Wise’s wide-ranging interests and self-confident versatility. He had written on theological matters; he had written history; he had written novels. Now he turned his hand to descriptive writing.

Keywords:   Zion College, Judaism, speaking tours, descriptive writing, Cincinnati Jews, Jewish university

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