American Judaism: A History / Edition 1

American Judaism: A History / Edition 1

by Jonathan D. Sarna
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0300109768

ISBN-13: 9780300109764

Pub. Date: 10/10/2005

Publisher: Yale University Press

This magisterial work chronicles the 350-year history of the Jewish religion in America. Tracing American Judaism from its origins in the colonial era through the present day, Jonathan Sarna explores the ways in which Judaism adapted in this new context. How did American culture—predominantly Protestant and overwhelmingly capitalist—affect Jewish religion

Overview

This magisterial work chronicles the 350-year history of the Jewish religion in America. Tracing American Judaism from its origins in the colonial era through the present day, Jonathan Sarna explores the ways in which Judaism adapted in this new context. How did American culture—predominantly Protestant and overwhelmingly capitalist—affect Jewish religion and culture? And how did American Jews shape their own communities and faith in the new world?
Jonathan Sarna, a preeminent scholar of American Judaism, tells the story of individuals struggling to remain Jewish while also becoming American. He offers a dynamic and timely history of assimilation and revitalization, of faith lost and faith regained.
The first comprehensive history of American Judaism in over fifty years, this book is both a celebration of 350 years of Jewish life in America and essential reading for anyone interested in American religion and life.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300109764
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
10/10/2005
Pages:
512
Sales rank:
501,933
Product dimensions:
6.13(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsix
Introductionxiii
1Colonial Beginnings1
2The Revolution in American Judaism31
3Union and Disunion62
4Two Worlds of American Judaism135
5An Anxious Subculture208
6Renewal272
Conclusion: American Judaism at a Crossroads356
AppendixAmerican Jewish Population Estimates, 1660-2000375
List of Abbreviations377
Notes379
Glossary423
Critical Dates in the History of American Judaism429
Selected Bibliography441
Index466

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