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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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Seventieth Birthday: Central Conference of American Rabbis

Seventieth Birthday: Central Conference of American Rabbis

6. Seventieth Birthday: Central Conference of American Rabbis
Creating American Reform Judaism

Sefton D. Temkin

Liverpool University Press

This chapter details the occasion of Isaac Mayer Wise’s seventieth birthday. By this time the quarrels within the camp of what he called American Judaism simmered down, and time, the ever-active healer, transformed the ‘great Cincinnati agitator’ into the grand old man of American Judaism. He was still equal to the labours he had undertaken, but was now entering the time of harvest. Year by year the Hebrew Union College brought Wise to the centre of the stage at a grand ceremony. Six years after the first such ceremony, the Plum Street temple resounded with one with which he was yet more intimately connected, and which marks his entry into a golden age — the celebration of his 70th birthday, on 5 April 1889.

Keywords:   seventieth birthday, Central Conference of American Rabbis, American Judaism, Hebrew Union College, Plum Street temple

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