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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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Maintaining Community

Maintaining Community

(p.118) CHAPTER 7 Maintaining Community
Jewish Communities on the Ohio River

Amy Hill Shevitz

University Press of Kentucky

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.

Keywords:   Jewish communities, nineteenth century, Americanized Reform synthesis, small-town culture, kashrut, Jewish life, new institutions

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