Sundays at Sinai: A Jewish Congregation in Chicago

Hardcover | June 26, 2012

byTobias Brinkmann

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First established 150 years ago, Chicago Sinai is one of America’s oldest Reform Jewish congregations. Its founders were upwardly mobile and civically committed men and women, founders and partners of banks and landmark businesses like Hart Schaffner & Marx, Sears & Roebuck, and the giant meatpacking firm Morris & Co. As explicitly modern Jews, Sinai’s members supported and led civic institutions and participated actively in Chicago politics. Perhaps most radically, their Sunday services, introduced in 1874 and still celebrated today, became a hallmark of the congregation.
In Sundays at Sinai, Tobias Brinkmann brings modern Jewish history, immigration, urban history, and religious history together to trace the roots of radical Reform Judaism from across the Atlantic to this rapidly growing American metropolis.  Brinkmann shines a light on the development of an urban reform congregation, illuminating Chicago Sinai’s practices and history, and its contribution to Christian-Jewish dialogue in the United States. Chronicling Chicago Sinai’s radical beginnings in antebellum Chicago to the present, Sundays at Sinai is the extraordinary story of a leading Jewish Reform congregation in one of America’s great cities.

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First established 150 years ago, Chicago Sinai is one of America’s oldest Reform Jewish congregations. Its founders were upwardly mobile and civically committed men and women, founders and partners of banks and landmark businesses like Hart Schaffner & Marx, Sears & Roebuck, and the giant meatpacking firm Morris & Co. As explicitl...

Tobias Brinkmann is the Malvin E. and Lea P. Bank Associate Professor of Jewish Studies and History at the Pennsylvania State University.
Format:HardcoverDimensions:384 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.3 inPublished:June 26, 2012Publisher:University Of Chicago PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0226074544

ISBN - 13:9780226074542

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction

Part I. Founding and Early Development
1. Jacob and His Sons
2. Origins and Founding
3. Fighting for Emancipation
4. A Step Too Far? The Introduction of Sunday Services at Sinai
5. Felix Adler Comes to Chicago

Part II. Social Justice and Civic Action
6. Emil G. Hirsch and the Transformation of Sinai
7. Bildung versus “Ghetto”
8. Spiritual Leader and Employee?
9. The Beginnings of a Jewish-Christian Dialogue
10. “Institutional Synagogue”
11. Building Bridges

Part III. Decline and Renaissance
12. Falling Behind

Epilogue

List of Abbreviations
Notes
Index

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