This Day in Jewish History / Shul rebels found Reform Judaism in U.S.
Reformers from Kahal Kadosh Beth Elohim broke off from the synagogue after it rejected changes they sought for the religious service.
November 21, 1824, is widely seen as the day when American Reform Judaism was born. On that day, a group of members of Kahal Kadosh Beth Elohim, in Charleston, South Carolina, met to draw up a list of the changes they wanted to see adopted in the synagogue’s religious service. When their requests were rejected by the board, they left the shul and established the first Reform community in the United States.
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