Death of Rabbi Isaac Mayer Wise, Founder of Union of American Hebrew Congregations

Death of Rabbi Isaac Mayer Wise, Founder of Union of American Hebrew Congregations

Rabbi Isaac Mayer Wise

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Rabbi Isaac Mayer Wise, founder of the Union of American Hebrew Congregations and the Hebrew Union College, dies. Wise had emigrated from Bohemia to the United States in 1846 and, in 1854, became rabbi at a Cincinnati congregation.

Early on Rabbi Isaac Mayer Wise was not interested in creating major changes or reforms in Judaism, but over time he came to see that a great many changes would be needed for Judaism more viable in America.

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