The Columbia History of Jews and Judaism in America

The Columbia History of Jews and Judaism in America

by Marc Lee Raphael
     
 

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This is the first anthology in more than half a century to offer fresh insight into the history of Jews and Judaism in America. Beginning with six chronological survey essays, the collection builds with twelve topical essays focusing on a variety of important themes in the American Jewish and Judaic experience.

The volume opens with early Jewish settlers

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This is the first anthology in more than half a century to offer fresh insight into the history of Jews and Judaism in America. Beginning with six chronological survey essays, the collection builds with twelve topical essays focusing on a variety of important themes in the American Jewish and Judaic experience.

The volume opens with early Jewish settlers (1654-1820), the expansion of Jewish life in America (1820-1901), the great wave of eastern European Jewish immigrants (1880-1924), the character of American Judaism between the two world wars, American Jewish life from the end of World War II to the Six-Day War, and the growth of Jews' influence and affluence. The second half of the book includes essays on the community of Orthodox Jews, the history of Jewish education in America, the rise of Jewish social clubs at the turn of the century, the history of southern and western Jewry, Jewish responses to Nazism and the Holocaust; feminism's confrontation with Judaism, and the eternal question of what defines American Jewish culture.

The contributions of distinguished scholars seamlessly integrate recent scholarship. Endnotes provide the reader with access to the authors' research and sources. Comprehensive, original, and elegantly crafted, The Columbia History of Jews and Judaism in America not only introduces the student to this thrilling history but also provides new perspectives for the scholar.

Contributors: Dianne Ashton (Rowan University), Mark K. Bauman (Atlanta Metropolitan College), Kimmy Caplan (Bar-Ilan University, Israel), Eli Faber (City University of New York), Eric L. Goldstein (University of Michigan), Jeffrey S. Gurock (Yeshiva University), Jenna Weissman Joselit (Princeton University), Melissa Klapper (Rowan University), Alan T. Levenson (Siegal College of Judaic Studies), Rafael Medoff (David S. Wyman Institute for Holocaust Studies), Pamela S. Nadell (American University), Riv-Ellen Prell (University of Minnesota), Linda S. Raphael (George Washington University), Jeffrey Shandler (Rutgers University), Michael E. Staub (City University of New York), William Toll (University of Oregon), Beth S. Wenger (University of Pennsylvania), Stephen J. Whitfield (Brandeis University)

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Editorial Reviews

American Reference Books Annual - Simon J. Bronner
A thought-provoking... engaging text that gives social diversity and cultural experience their due in Jewish studies.

Historian - Rachelle E. Friedman
This book provides a nuanced look at a number of different facets of Jewish life in America.

Choice
Authored by an all-star cast of historians.... Highly recommended.

American Reference Books Annual
A thought-provoking... engaging text that gives social diversity and cultural experience their due in Jewish studies.

— Simon J. Bronner

Jewish Book World
[An] impressive range and focus.

Historian
This book provides a nuanced look at a number of different facets of Jewish life in America.

— Rachelle E. Friedman

American Jewish History - Lila Corwin Berman
Indeed, the strength of this anthology resides in the individual essays, even if some of them make awkward bedfellows.

American Jewish History
Indeed, the strength of this anthology resides in the individual essays, even if some of them make awkward bedfellows.

— Lila Corwin Berman

The Historian
[A] welcome addition to the field of Jewish-American studies

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780231507066
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
Publication date:
02/15/2008
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Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
300
File size:
18 MB
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What People are saying about this

Gary Phillip Zola
Marc Lee Raphael has masterfully assembled an impressive cornucopia of learned and readable essays. In contrast to many edited volumes that present readers with a series of loosely related topical studies, The Columbia History of Jews and Judaism in America offers a thoughtful structure wherein noted experts have joined together to create an impressive mosaic depicting the history of Jewish life in America. Scholars, specialists, and general readers will all return to this fine volume time and again.

Moses Rischin
The Columbia History of Jews and Judaism in America is a pathbreaking accomplishment that will be received as an important contribution.

Meet the Author

Marc Lee Raphael is the Nathan and Sophia Gumenick Professor of Judaic Studies, professor of religious studies, chairman of the Department of Religious Studies, and director of the Program in Judaic Studies at the College of William and Mary. He will publish his memoir, Diary of a Los Angeles Jew, 1947-1972: Autobiography as Autofiction, in 2008 and is beginning a history of the synagogue in America for New York University Press. He and his wife, Linda Schermer Raphael, live in Washington, D.C.

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