This Day in Jewish History / The shellfish that ushered in a movement
The 'Treifa Banquet’ in Cincinnati was considered pivotal in formulating Conservative Judaism.
July 11, 1883, is a momentous date in the history of American Judaism: the occasion of the notorious “Treifa Banquet” in Cincinnati, Ohio, which many historians of Judaism hold at least indirectly responsible for the emergence of the Conservative Movement. The banquet, of course, was held to celebrate the ordination of the first graduates of the Hebrew Union College, Reform Judaism’s...
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