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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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Communities at Maturity

Communities at Maturity

(p.155) CHAPTER 9 Communities at Maturity
Jewish Communities on the Ohio River

Amy Hill Shevitz

University Press of Kentucky

This chapter discusses the maturity of the Jewish communities and settlements along the Ohio River. The first few decades of the new century were critical for the development of American Jewish culture. Migration numbers had increased, and a distinctive ethnic style had developed, which blended the Yiddish folk heritage and selected traditional religious practices. Some communities spawned elaborate organizational structures, but the synagogue still remained the central and dominant institution of small-town Jewish life.

Keywords:   maturity, Jewish communities, Ohio River, development, American Jewish culture, ethnic style, Yiddish folk heritage, synagogue

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