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ws were form Germany and Eastern Europe. Many of the smaller Jewish groups along the Eastern seaboard had to rely on Sephardic Jews in Europe for funding to build synagogues. German Jewish settlers tended to become peddlers.
The Jewish population increased so that there were five synagogues in Cincinnati by 1855, and other inland cities as well experienced an increase in population so that there would be satellite communities in these cities. Jewish settlers expanded into the South and Far West. Inland cities saw an increase in their Jewish population.
Religious ritual was observed in almost all areas of Jewish urban concentration, and the rituals of religious holidays were observed and helped create an industry to provide the food products and other goods needed (66).
Many Jewish residents in the inner cities in 1910 possessed industrial skills and worked in the garment industry, one of the few occupations then open to Jews. Nearly 67 percent of the gainfully employed Jewish immigrants worked in this industry. The sweatshops system was difficult but was also seen as allowing many to become self-employed (62-65).