Jewish Life in Small-Town America: A History

Jewish Life in Small-Town America: A History

by Lee Shai Weissbach
     
 

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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

Overview

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
Sales rank:
643,797
Product dimensions:
6.13(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Contents

Acknowledgments....................ix
Introduction: Searching for Patterns....................1
1 Patterns of Evidence: Identifying Small Communities....................11
2 Patterns of Settlement: The Early Years....................32
3 Patterns of Settlement: The Era of Mass Migration....................51
4 Patterns of Stability and Mobility....................70
5 Patterns of Livelihood and Class....................94
6 Patterns of Family Life....................126
7 Patterns of Congregational Organization....................156
8 Patterns of Synagogue History....................177
9 Patterns of Religious Leadership....................198
10 Patterns of Culture: The German Jews....................220
11 Patterns of Culture: The East Europeans....................243
12 Patterns of Prejudice and of Transformation....................271
Epilogue: Patterns of Endurance and Decline....................295
Reading the Manuscript Census....................315
Bibliographic Essay....................325
Appendix of Tables....................337
Notes....................359
Index....................425

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