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Of the 35,000 Jews in the state, 29,000 live in Milwaukee and 4,500 in Madison. Jewish peddlers and traders first arrived in the state in 1792, but the first community was organized in Milwaukee in 1836, where a congregation was formed in 1847. By that time an influx of German Jews arrived in the state, and Jewish merchants began to reach such towns as Madison, La Crosse, Green Bay, Racine, and Fond du Lac. The Jewish population further grew at the turn of the century with the arrival of East European Jews. There are nine Reform and Seven Conservative congregations in the state. The Wisconsin Jewish Chronicle is published in Milwaukee.

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