Rebecca Gratz: Women's Judaism in AnteBellum Americaby 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 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.
and post it to your social network
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
See all customer reviews >