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In the late 1870s, shaken by rapid socioeconomic change, internal crises, and the rise of antisemitism, young Jews assumed leadership, created dozens of organizations, and inspired masses of followers. These organizations helped define the nineteenth-century Jewish awakening: cultural and religious renewal, and the promotion of Jewish education. Expanding upon the unfinished work of Leah Levitz Fishbane, this volume seeks to broaden our understanding of this period, which paved the way for new developments in ...
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Jewish Renaissance and Revival in America

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Overview

In the late 1870s, shaken by rapid socioeconomic change, internal crises, and the rise of antisemitism, young Jews assumed leadership, created dozens of organizations, and inspired masses of followers. These organizations helped define the nineteenth-century Jewish awakening: cultural and religious renewal, and the promotion of Jewish education. Expanding upon the unfinished work of Leah Levitz Fishbane, this volume seeks to broaden our understanding of this period, which paved the way for new developments in American Jewish communal, cultural, and religious life.
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“Contemporary concerns for Jewish survival can find substantial vigor in the inspiration to be found in this book.” —Palm Beach Jewish Journal
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EITAN P. FISHBANE is an assistant professor of Jewish thought at the Jewish Theological Seminary. JONATHAN D. SARNA is Joseph H. & Belle R. Braun Professor of American Jewish History at Brandeis University and chief historian of the National Museum of American Jewish History.
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Table of Contents

Preface – Eitan P. Fishbane
Introduction: Leah Levitz Fishbane and “The Road to Renaissance” – Jonathan D. Sarna
Common Bonds: A Collective Portrait – Leah Levitz Fishbane
On the Road to Renaissance: The Young Men’s Hebrew Associations of New York and Philadelphia, 1877–1883 – Leah Levitz Fishbane
A Renaissance of Jewish Readers in Victorian Philadelphia – Arthur Kiron
Preserving the Past to Fashion the Future: The Editorial Board of the Jewish Encyclopedia – Shuly Rubin Schwartz
Leah’s Hope: The Legacy of German-Jewish Humanism in America – Paul Mendes-Flohr
Revival through Celebrity: American Fame, Jewish Identity, and the Early 1960s – David Kaufman
Renewal and Havurah: American Movements, European Roots – Arthur Green
Afterword – Arnold Eisen
Contributors
Index
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