by Morris A. Gutstein (published 1953)
From the author's material we learn - though it is never stated - that for all practical purposes, there were two Jewish communities in 19th-century Chicago, a German and an East European. The latter split off from the former just three years after the founding of the first congregation; thereafter the two communities exhibited all the differences in religious beliefs and practices, socio-economic conditions, and culture which previous studies of Jewish communities have uncovered. Rabbi Gutstein's history provides a better picture of the German Jews than of the East European Jews, in part because they seem to have left behind completer records of their activities.
-from Commentary, June 1954
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