American Judaism: A History

American Judaism: A History

by Jonathan D. Sarna
     
 

"This work should emerge as the single best description of American Judaism during its 350 years on American soil. It will eclipse earlier work even as it sensitizes us to the shape that our religious life will take in the opening decades of the third millennium."—Michael Berenbaum, Director, Sigi Ziering Institute, The University of Judaism;"Jonathan Sarna's… See more details below

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"This work should emerge as the single best description of American Judaism during its 350 years on American soil. It will eclipse earlier work even as it sensitizes us to the shape that our religious life will take in the opening decades of the third millennium."—Michael Berenbaum, Director, Sigi Ziering Institute, The University of Judaism;"Jonathan Sarna's history of American Jewry is a wonderful read-and at the same time an informative and subtle analysis of the formation of something radically new in Jewish history: a diaspora community that is, for most of its members, not an exilic community."-Michael Walzer, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, New Jersey

Author Biography: Jonathan Sarna is Joseph H. and Belle R. Braun Professor of American Jewish History at Brandeis University, and chairs the Academic Board of the Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives. Author or editor of more than twenty books on American Jewish history and life, he is also the chief historian of the National Museum of American Jewish History and of the 350th commemoration of Jewish life in America, 1654-2004.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300101973
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
02/01/2004
Pages:
512
Product dimensions:
6.50(w) x 9.50(h) x 1.50(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
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
AppAmerican 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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