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The roots of ReformLiberalProgressive Judaism lie in Germany where between 1810 and 1820 congregations in Seesen Hamburg and Berlin instituted fundamental changes in traditional Jewish practices and beliefs such as mixed seating the use of German in services single-day observance of festivals and use of a cantorchoir American Reform Judaism began as these German reformers immigrated to American in the mid-1800s Reform rapidly became the dominant belief systems of American Jews of the time It was a national phenomenon The first Reform group was formed by a number of individuals that split from Cong Beth Elohim in Charleston SC According to an article in the Spring 1994 CCAR Journal the following are early American Jewish congregations and the dates they became Reform congregations Congregation City Date Became Reform Beth Elohim Charleston SC 1825 Har Sinai Baltimore MD 1842 Emanu-El New York NY 1845 Beth ElAnshe Emeth Albany NY 1850 Bene Yeshurun IM Wise Cincinnati OH 1854 Adath Israel The Temple Louisville KY 1855 Bene Israel Rockdale Cincinnati OH 1855 Keneseth Israel Philadelphia PA 1856 Sinai Chicago IL 1858Reform in American benefitted from the
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