Union of American Hebrew Congregations

Union of American Hebrew Congregations delegates, 1873. <br><br>Courtesy of The Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives, Cincinnati, Ohio.
In 1873, over thirty congregations, including K.K. Bene Israel and K.K. Bene Yeshurun, came together to form the Union of American Hebrew Congregations.

A convention was held in Cincinnati July 8-10, 1873, initiated by Moritz Loth, the President of K.K. Bene Yeshurun, and was attended by a wide range of congregations from across the nation.

A number of significant ideas were addressed, including the promotion of training English-speaking rabbis and teachers; hitherto, German-speaking rabbis were the norm.

Possibly the greatest contribution of the union was in their support for the establishment of Hebrew Union College.