Creating American Reform Judaism
American Reform Judaism's major institutions - Hebrew Union College, the Central Conference of American Rabbis, and the Reform prayerbook Minhag America - were all due to the singular efforts of Isaac Mayer Wise (1819-1900). Professor Temkin's biography captures the vigor of Wise's personality and the politics and concerns of Jewish life and leadership in America at that time. It is a lively portrait of a rabbi who was a pivotal figure in the naturalization of Jews and Judaism in the New World.
Publication Date: 9/3/1998