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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

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7. Cleveland Platform: Quick Victory—Lengthy War
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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/9781874774457.003.0024

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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