The Jews of Boston

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Published on the 350th anniversary of the first Jews to arrive in America, this comprehensive history of the Jews of Boston is now available in a revised and updated paperback edition. The stunning work combines illuminating essays by distinguished Jewish historians with 110 rare photographs to trace the community from its tentative beginnings in colonial Boston through its emergence in the twentieth century as one of the most influential and successful Jewish communities in America. The volume also presents ...

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Overview

Published on the 350th anniversary of the first Jews to arrive in America, this comprehensive history of the Jews of Boston is now available in a revised and updated paperback edition. The stunning work combines illuminating essays by distinguished Jewish historians with 110 rare photographs to trace the community from its tentative beginnings in colonial Boston through its emergence in the twentieth century as one of the most influential and successful Jewish communities in America. The volume also presents fascinating information about Boston’s synagogues and Jewish neighborhoods as well as the evolution of Jewish culture in Boston and the United States.
Praise for the previous edition:
“The writing is engaging and lucid, and the superb, profuse illustrations enhance the text. While numerous community histories have been published, this volume is in a class by itself—and will set the standard for all future works of this kind.”—Library Journal
“For those of us who grew up with anecdotes of what being a Jew was like in, say, the South End in 1910, or in Roxbury or Chelsea in 1920, this history, collected in one place for the first time, fills in the blanks. It gives us the context for our inherited folk tales.”—Alan Lupo, Boston Globe

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“The writing is engaging and lucid, and the superb, profuse illustrations enhance the text. While numerous community histories have been published, this volume is in a class by itself—and will set the standard for all future works of this kind.”—Library Journal

“For those of us who grew up with anecdotes of what being a Jew was like in, say, the South End in 1910, or in Roxbury or Chelsea in 1920, this history, collected in one place for the first time, fills in the blanks. It gives us the context for our inherited folk tales.”—Alan Lupo, Boston Globe

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780300107876
  • Publisher: Yale University Press
  • Publication date: 9/15/2005
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 958,309
  • Product dimensions: 8.10 (w) x 9.78 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Jonathan D. Sarna is the Joseph H. and Belle R. Braun Professor of American Jewish History at Brandeis University. Ellen Smith is curator at the American Jewish Historical Society. Thomas H. O’Connor is University Historian and Professor of History, Emeritus, at Boston College. He is the author of numerous books on Boston history, including Boston Catholics: A History of the Church and Its People and The Hub: Boston Past and Present.

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Table of Contents

The Jews of Boston in historical perspective 3
Strangers and sojourners : the Jews of colonial Boston 21
"Israelites in Boston," 1840-1880 45
The emergence of a unified community, 1880-1917 65
From margin to mainstream, 1917-1967 87
Moving apart and growing together, 1967-1994 107
Bridging wisdom, community, and culture, 1995-2004 121
In search of suburbs : Boston's Jewish districts, 1843-1994 137
Temples in the American Athens : a history of the synagogues of Boston 175
Community and philanthropy 221
Pioneers and pacesetters : Boston Jews and American Zionism 249
Passionate visions in contest : on the history of Jewish education in Boston 285
The smart set : an assessment of Jewish culture 309
The Jewish-Christian experience 333
App. A Jewish population of Boston 343
App. B Combined Jewish philanthropies, 1895-2005 345
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