Jews In America And Their History

The Jewish way of life has been affected in a tremendous way by the
people of the United States of America. By the time of the signing of the
Declaration of Independence, there were only 2500 Jews in America. For
forty years beginning in 1840, 250,000 Jews (primarily from Germany,
Hungary, and Bohemia) entered this country. Anti-Semitism and economic
woes in Eastern Europe went from bad to worse after the pogroms of 1881-
1882. Almost three million Eastern European Jews left between 1881 and
1914, two million (85%) of which decided to come to America, where they
thought "the streets were paved with gold." They were wrong. Because of
this intercontinental migration, the social ...

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this time in American history, the
government accepted many people from many different backgrounds to allow
for a diverse population; this act of opening our borders probably is the
origin of the descriptive phrase "the melting pot of the world."
These German Jews rapidly assimilated themselves and their faith.
Reform Judaism arrived here after the Civil War due to the advent of
European Reform rabbis. Jewish seminaries, associations, and institutions,
such as Cincinnati's Hebrew Union College, New York's Jewish Theological
Seminary, the Union of American Hebrew Congregations (UAHC), and the
Central Conference of American Rabbis, were founded in the 1880s.
America was experimenting with industry on a huge scale at the time
the Eastern European Jews that arrived. Their social history combined with
the American Industrial Age produced an extremely diverse and distinct
American Jewry by the end of the intercontinental migration, which
coincided with the start of the Great ...

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