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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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Call to New York (1873)

Call to New York (1873)

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(p.253) 21. Call to New York (1873)
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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/9781874774457.003.0038

This chapter investigates Isaac Mayer Wise’s appointment in New York. He was invited by the New York-based Congregation Anshe Chesed, causing him to resign from B’nai Jeshurun. Anshe Chesed dated back to 1828. At the time when Wise’s appointment was announced the congregation had been in a turmoil for nearly a year over the appointment of a rabbi. Yet they offered Wise a great deal of opportunities. The first was the 8,000-dollar salary, which was twice what he was receiving in Cincinnati. The second was the new temple which the New York congregation was about to dedicate, which was presumably in a fashionable part of the city, and would give the occupant of its pulpit the possibility of a commanding position. Finally, there was the opportunity of securing a lodgement in the East for his prayer-book and (though they are not mentioned) his ideas as to a union and a college.

Keywords:   New York, Anshe Chesed, New York congregation, prayer-book, Jewish union, Jewish college

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