By Amy Hill Shevitz
When westward enlargement started within the early 19th century, the Jewish inhabitants of the U.S. was once merely 2,500. As Jewish immigration surged over the century among 1820 and 1920, Jews started to locate houses within the Ohio River Valley. In Jewish groups at the Ohio River, Amy Hill Shevitz chronicles the payment and evolution of Jewish groups in small cities on either banks of the river -- cities corresponding to East Liverpool and Portsmouth, Ohio, Wheeling, West Virginia, and Madison, Indiana. even though no longer huge, those groups stimulated American tradition and historical past by means of assisting to increase the Ohio River Valley whereas reworking Judaism into an American lifestyle. The Jewish adventure and the nearby adventure mirrored and strengthened one another. Jews shared neighborhood recognition and satisfaction with their Gentile associates. The antebellum Ohio River Valley's identification as a cradle of bourgeois the United States healthy rather well with the middle-class aspirations and achievements of German Jewish immigrants particularly. In those small cities, Jewish voters created networks of companies and households that have been a part of a particular middle-class tradition. As a minority team with an essential function in each one group, Ohio Valley Jews fostered non secular pluralism as their contributions to neighborhood tradition, economic system, and civic lifestyles countered the antisemitic sentiments of the interval. Jewish groups at the Ohio River bargains enlightening case reviews of the institutions among Jewish groups within the immense towns of the zone, in particular Cincinnati and Pittsburgh, and the smaller river cities that shared an optimism concerning the Jewish destiny in the USA. Jews in those groups participated enthusiastically in ongoing dialogues bearing on non secular reform and harmony, enjoying a very important position within the improvement of yankee Judaism. The historical past of the Ohio River Valley contains the tales of German and East ecu Jewish immigrants in the US, of the emergence of yank Reform Judaism and the variation of culture, and of small-town American Jewish tradition. whereas concerning particularly to the variety of the Ohio River Valley, the tales of those cities illustrate topics which are primary to the bigger adventure of Jews in America.
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