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Jewish Communities on the Ohio RiverA History$
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Amy Hill Shevitz

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780813124308

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813124308.001.0001

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A Judaism for the Middle Class

A Judaism for the Middle Class

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(p.82) CHAPTER 5 A Judaism for the Middle Class
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Jewish Communities on the Ohio River
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Amy Hill Shevitz

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University Press of Kentucky
DOI:10.5810/kentucky/9780813124308.003.0006

This chapter discusses the many changes that occurred during the mid-nineteenth century in small-town Jewish communities. Among these changes was the search for a place in middle-class American society amidst the spread of moderate religious reform. Although many Jews were achieving economic success, it was only one component of middle-class status. The trajectory of nineteenth-century American Judaism is thus not surprising: the synagogue changed to reflect Jews' new self-understanding, in the same way that the churches had changed to reflect Protestants' new self-understanding.

Keywords:   changes, Jewish communities, moderate religious reform, middle class, American Judaism, self-understanding, Protestants, synagogue

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