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The Birth of Conservative Judaism
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The Birth of Conservative Judaism: Solomon Schechter's Disciples and the Creation of an American Religious Movement

Michael Cohen


Solomon Schechter (1847–1915), the charismatic leader of New York's Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS), came to America in 1902 intent on revitalizing traditional Judaism. While he advocated a return to traditional practices, Schechter articulated no clear position on divisive issues, instead preferring to focus on similarities that could unite American Jewry. This book demonstrates how Schechter, unable to implement his vision on his own, turned to his disciples, rabbinical students and alumni of JTS, to shape his movement. By mid-century, Conservative Judaism had become the largest American J ... More

Keywords: Solomon Schechter, Jewish Theological Seminary, traditional Judaism, Conservative Judaism, diversity, American religion, Reform Judaism, Orthodox Judaism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780231156356
Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015 DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231156356.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Michael Cohen, author
Tulane University