American Jewish Women's History: A Reader

American Jewish Women's History: A Reader

by Pamela S. Nadell
     
 

“It gives me a secret pleasure to observe the fair character our family has in the place by Jews & Christians,“Abigail Levy Franks wrote to her son from New York City in 1733. Abigail was part of a tiny community of Jews living in the new world. In the centuries that followed, as that community swelled to several millions, women came to occupy diverse

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“It gives me a secret pleasure to observe the fair character our family has in the place by Jews & Christians,“Abigail Levy Franks wrote to her son from New York City in 1733. Abigail was part of a tiny community of Jews living in the new world. In the centuries that followed, as that community swelled to several millions, women came to occupy diverse and changing roles.

American Jewish Women’s History, an anthology covering colonial times to the present, illuminates that historical diversity. It shows women shaping Judaism and their American Jewish communities as they engaged in volunteer activities and political crusades, battled stereotypes, and constructed relationships with their Christian neighbors. It ranges from Rebecca Gratz’s development of the Jewish Sunday School in Philadelphia in 1838 to protest the rising prices of kosher meat at the turn of the century, to the shaping of southern Jewish women's cultural identity through food. There is currently no other reader conveying the breadth of the historical experiences of American Jewish women available.

The reader is divided into four sections complete with detailed introductions. The contributors include: Joyce Antler, Joan Jacobs Brumberg, Alice Kessler-Harris, Paula E. Hyman, Riv-Ellen Prell, and Jonathan D. Sarna.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780814758076
Publisher:
New York University Press
Publication date:
04/05/2003
Pages:
326
Product dimensions:
7.12(w) x 10.06(h) x 1.11(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction1
Pt. ISense of Place9
1Portraits of a Community: The Image and Experience of Early American Jews13
2The Lessons of the Hebrew Sunday School26
3A Great Awakening: The Transformation That Shaped Twentieth-Century American Judaism43
4Gone to Another Meeting: The National Council of Jewish Women, 1893-199364
Pt. IIWorlds of Difference75
5Borrowers or Lenders Be: Jewish Immigrant Women's Credit Networks79
6"We Dug More Rocks": Women and Work91
7Organizing the Unorganizable: Three Jewish Women and Their Union100
8Immigrant Women and Consumer Protest: The New York City Kosher Meat Boycott of 1902116
9Zion in Our Hearts: Henrietta Szold and the American Jewish Women's Movement129
Pt. IIIA Wider World151
10The Jewish Priestess and Ritual: The Sacred Life of American Orthodox Women153
11The Women Who Would Be Rabbis175
12Budgets, Boycotts, and Babies: Jewish Women in the Great Depression185
13Angels "Rewolt!": Jewish Women in Modern Dance in the 1930s201
Pt. IVFierce Attachments219
14The "Me" of Me: Voices of Jewish Girls in Adolescent Diaries of the 1920s and 1950s223
15Rage and Representation: Jewish Gender Stereotypes in American Culture238
16"From the Recipe File of Luba Cohen": A Study of Southern Jewish Foodways and Cultural Identity256
17Going South: Jewish Women in the Civil Rights Movement281
18Jewish Feminism Faces the American Women's Movement: Convergence and Divergence297
Contributors313
Permissions316
Index319

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