This chapter provides a description of the Jewish communities in America during the nineteenth century. The small Jewish communities showed remarkable institutional persistence, holding together to grasp on to Jewish life where they were, which went beyond being a mere demographic persistence. Some of these communities even created new institutions in the latter part of the century and aligned themselves with the Americanized Reform synthesis that seemed to work well with small-town culture. It is also noted that certain aspects of Jewish life were still retained by the Jews, such as the kashrut.
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