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Sunday, March 29, 2009

Rabbi Isaac Mayer Wise Digital Archive

Rabbi Isaac Mayer Wise Digital Archive"Rabbi Isaac Mayer Wise (1819-1900) was the leading organizational genius behind the rise of American Reform Judaism in the late 19th century. He played a central role in the founding of three major Reform Jewish institutions that still exist today: The Union of American Hebrew Congregations [1873], now the Union for Reform Judaism, the parent body of Reform synagogues; the Hebrew Union College [1875], the Reform movement's rabbinical seminary; and the Central Conference of American Rabbis [1889], the Reform rabbinical association. This digital archive is a freely accessible comprehensive electronic edition of Rabbi Wise's correspondence and extensive published writings. Consisting of approximately 3,300 items captured in nearly 20,000 digital images, the collection documents the life and work of the architect of Reform Judaism in America."

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