By Frida Kerner Furman
Examines Jewish id within the prosperous and expert group of a liberal reform synagogue. The e-book explores how one synagoue grapples with the method of identification development as a social phenomenon, revealing tensions among individualism and corporatism and different opposing elements.
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These were motivated by the desire to change the character of the traditional service so as to conform more readily to Western tastes. In effect, this meant a critique of traditional worship style and the introduction of decorum into the synagogue. In general, reforms were gradually adopted in otherwise traditional congregations. Those congregations that embraced Reform from their inception usually grew out of societies, called "Reform-Vereine", which were formed with the purpose of giving expression to the doctrines of Reform.
The exigencies of their peddling life in American, however, forced the transformation of their lives as Jews, as they found it impossible to maintain religious observance in dietary matters, during the Sabbath, and in other contexts. Acculturation into America and the desire for upward mobility led to further breaks with the tradition. Eventually, Reform ideology and practice, brought to America by German rabbis, was used to give legitimation to adaptations to America already in effect Oick 1976).
The American Experience Jewish adaptation to American society involved conformity to specifically American social and ideological patterns, as well as a continuation of the process of modernization. 6 Jews arrived in America in various stages. The first Jews, Sephardim escaping persecution in Brazil, landed in New Amsterdam in 1654. These and others, Sephardim and Ashkenazim alike,? arrived as individuals or in very small groups; they were not part of a mass migration. For more than a century, the synagogue was the seat of authority in the American Jewish community, retaining some disciplinary power over its members.
Beyond Yiddishkeit: The Struggle for Jewish Identity in a Reform Synagogue by Frida Kerner Furman