Jewish Life in Small-Town America: A History

Jewish Life in Small-Town America: A History

by Lee Shai Weissbach
     
 

ISBN-10: 0300106718

ISBN-13: 9780300106718

Pub. Date: 03/11/2005

Publisher: Yale University Press


In this book, Lee Shai Weissbach offers the first comprehensive portrait of small-town Jewish life in America. Exploring the history of communities of 100 to 1000 Jews, the book focuses on the years from the mid-nineteenth century to World War II. Weissbach examines the dynamics of 490 communities across the United States and reveals that smaller Jewish centers…  See more details below

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In this book, Lee Shai Weissbach offers the first comprehensive portrait of small-town Jewish life in America. Exploring the history of communities of 100 to 1000 Jews, the book focuses on the years from the mid-nineteenth century to World War II. Weissbach examines the dynamics of 490 communities across the United States and reveals that smaller Jewish centers were not simply miniature versions of larger communities but were instead alternative kinds of communities in many respects.

The book investigates topics ranging from migration patterns to occupational choices, from Jewish education and marriage strategies to congregational organization. The story of smaller Jewish communities attests to the richness and complexity of American Jewish history and also serves to remind us of the diversity of small-town society in times past.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300106718
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
03/11/2005
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
448
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 1.13(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction : searching for patterns1
1Patterns of evidence : identifying small communities11
2Patterns of settlement : the early years32
3Patterns of settlement : the era of mass migration51
4Patterns of stability and mobility70
5Patterns of livelihood and class94
6Patterns of family life126
7Patterns of congregational organization156
8Patterns of synagogue history177
9Patterns of religious leadership198
10Patterns of culture : the German Jews220
11Patterns of culture : the East Europeans243
12Patterns of prejudice and of transformation271
Epilogue : patterns of endurance and decline295
Reading the manuscript census315

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