Philadelphia Jewish Life, 1940-2000

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In a city with a long history of high social barriers and forbidding aristocratic preserves, Philadelphia Jews, in the last half of the twentieth century, became a force to reckon with in the cultural, political and economic life of the region. From the poor neighborhoods of original immigrant settlement, in South and West Philadelphia, Jews have made, as Murray Friedman recounts, the move from "outsiders" to "insiders" in Philadelphia life. Essays by a diverse range of contributors tell the story of this ...
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Overview

In a city with a long history of high social barriers and forbidding aristocratic preserves, Philadelphia Jews, in the last half of the twentieth century, became a force to reckon with in the cultural, political and economic life of the region. From the poor neighborhoods of original immigrant settlement, in South and West Philadelphia, Jews have made, as Murray Friedman recounts, the move from "outsiders" to "insiders" in Philadelphia life. Essays by a diverse range of contributors tell the story of this transformation in many spheres of life, both in and out of the Jewish community: from sports, politics, political alliances with other minority groups, to the significant debate between Zionists and anti-Zionists during and immediately after the war.

In this new edition, Friedman takes the history of Philadelphia Jewish life to the close of the twentieth century, and looks back on how Jews have shaped&#151and have been shaped by&#151Philadelphia and its long immigrant history.

Author Biography: Murray Friedman is Middle-Atlantic Regional Director of the American Jewish Committee and Director of the Myer and Rosaline Feinstein Center for American Jewish History at Temple University. He is the author or editor of numerous books, including, most recently (with Albert D. Chernin), A Second Exodus: The American Movement to Free Soviet Jews.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781566399999
  • Publisher: Temple University Press
  • Publication date: 2/15/2003
  • Pages: 328
  • Product dimensions: 8.66 (w) x 11.12 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
Acknowledgments
Introduction to the New Editon: The Eighties to a New Century
Introduction: From Outsiders to Insiders? Philadelpha Jewish Life, 1940-1985
1 Philadelphia Jewry, the Holocaust and the Birth of the Jewish State
Philadelphia Jewry and the Holocaust 3
Four Fateful Years: Philadelphia's Jews and the Creation of the State of Israel 23
2 The Opposition to Zionism: The American Council for Judaism Under the Leadership of Rabbi Louis Wolsey and Lessing Rosenwald 39
3 Philadelphia Jews and Radicalism: The American Jewish Congress Cleans House 57
4 From Periphery to Prominences: Jews in Philadelphia Politics, 1940-1985 71
5 An Ambivalent Alliance: Blacks and Jews in Philadelphia, 1940-1985 83
6 Wynnefield: Story of a Changing Neighborhood 101
7 A Place to Live: The Jewish Builders of Northeast Philadelphia 113
8 Home and Haven: Soviet Jewish Immigration to Philadelphia, 1972-1982 127
9 Changing Styles of Synagogue Life: Conservative Judaism in Philadelphia 143
10 A Generation of Learning: Jewish Education in Philadelphia, 1940-1980 159
11 The Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia: A Quarter Century of Change 177
12 From A to "Zink": Philadelphia Jews in Sports 191
13 Jews and the Cultural Revival of Philadelphia 207
Afterword: The Once and Future City - One Jewish Philadelphian's Odyssey 227
Notes 237
About the Contributors 271
Index 273
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