Rebecca Gratz: Women's Judaism in AnteBellum America

Rebecca Gratz: Women's Judaism in AnteBellum America

by Dianne Ashton
     
 
In this first in-depth biography of Rebecca Gratz (1781-1869), Dianne Ashton reveals the spiritual, political, and personal background of the foremost American Jewish woman of the nineteenth century. Perhaps the best-known member of the prominent Gratz family of Philadelphia, she was a devoted patriot and a deeply religious woman. As a social visionary, she created

Overview

In this first in-depth biography of Rebecca Gratz (1781-1869), Dianne Ashton reveals the spiritual, political, and personal background of the foremost American Jewish woman of the nineteenth century. Perhaps the best-known member of the prominent Gratz family of Philadelphia, she was a devoted patriot and a deeply religious woman. As a social visionary, she created and managed America's first independent Jewish women's charitable society, the first Jewish Sunday school, and the first American Jewish foster home. As a social activist, she was widely known for establishing charitable resources for poor women.

Ashton uses hundreds of Gratz's own letters in her research. This unique personal insight explores Gratz in the context of a time where much political and religious transformation was taking place and helps to define her blend of Jewish and American values.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780814326664
Publisher:
Wayne State University Press
Publication date:
12/28/1997
Series:
American Jewish Civilization Series
Pages:
384
Product dimensions:
6.21(w) x 9.24(h) x 0.97(d)

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