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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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Cleveland Platform: Quick Victory—Lengthy War

Cleveland Platform: Quick Victory—Lengthy War

7. Cleveland Platform: Quick Victory—Lengthy War
Creating American Reform Judaism

Sefton D. Temkin

Liverpool University Press

This chapter discusses Isaac Mayer Wise’s advocacy in Cleveland. The mood of elation which had borne him to Cleveland remained after his longed-for conference opened. Both as regards locality and viewpoint, diverse congregations were represented. Shortly after opening, the conference proceeded to elect officers, and Wise was chosen president; Elkan Cohn, his successor at Albany, vice-president; and Max Lilienthal, his associate in Cincinnati, secretary. If any permanent structure was to ensue, Wise would be in an advantageous position to take first place; more immediately, the election placed control in the hands of the Reform element and increased the suspicion felt by the Orthodox.

Keywords:   Cleveland, Jewish congregations, Reform movement, Reform Judaism, Orthodoxy, Cleveland Conference

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