Becoming American Jews

Temple Israel of Boston

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Authors: Meaghan Dwyer-Ryan, Susan L. Porter and Lisa Fagin Davis

Series: Brandeis Series in American Jewish History, Culture and Life

From its beginning in 1854 as a traditional German shul to its current status as the largest Reform synagogue in New England, Temple Israel has been an important force in Boston and American Jewish life. The congregation’s ongoing efforts to adapt to changes in American society while preserving balance — between tradition and innovation, between acculturation and distinctiveness — exemplify the transformations in religious worship practices, education and social justice that mark modern American Reform Judaism. This volume, based on hundreds of archival documents, demographic data and oral histories, and illustrated with more than 200 images, brings to life the stories of the men, women and children who have built and maintained this vital Jewish community for more than 150 years.

Subject: Jewish Studies

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