Definitions for "Conservative Judaism"
Keywords:  judaism, orthodox, reform, jews, jewish
The movement in American Judaism which began in Germany in the latter half of the 19th century designed to conserve or protect traditional Judaism in light of the developments of modern society
The stream of Jewish life and thought that occupies the middle ground between Orthodox Judaism and Reform Judaism. Began in America in the late 19th century, partially as a response to the excesses of some American Reform Judaism practices of the time.
Movement rooted in the nineteenth-century dissatisfaction with the Reform approach to reconciling tradition and change. First known as "Historical Judaism," it opposes extreme changes in traditional observances, while accepting secular scholarship on sacred texts and allowing certain modifications of Jewish law to accommodate the demands of modern life.