Reform Judaism in America: A Biographical Dictionary and Sourcebook

Reform Judaism in America: A Biographical Dictionary and Sourcebook

by Kerry M. Olitzky
     
 

This valuable reference extensively documents the lives and careers of the most influential leaders of Reform Judaism in America. The editors have assembled concise but informative biographical profiles of approximately 170 people. The work spans the period from the beginning of the Reform movement in 1824 through the 1976 Centenary Perspective. The individuals

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This valuable reference extensively documents the lives and careers of the most influential leaders of Reform Judaism in America. The editors have assembled concise but informative biographical profiles of approximately 170 people. The work spans the period from the beginning of the Reform movement in 1824 through the 1976 Centenary Perspective. The individuals profiled were selected because of their impact on Reform Judaism at a national level. Included are the principal architects of reform, national organizational leaders, distinguished rabbis and academicians, outstanding cantors, volunteer lay activists, and women.

The work begins with an essay on the history of Reform Judaism in America. A biographical dictionary follows. Each entry in the dictionary assesses the career and contributions of a particular leader and closes with a short bibliography of works by and about that individual. The dictionary is followed by a set of essays that overview the history of associations related to Reform Judaism. A section of appendices lists the principal figures affiliated with these organizations. An extensive bibliography of primary and secondary sources concludes the work, making it an indispensable reference tool.

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Following an introductory essay on the history of Reform Judaism in America, a biographical dictionary profiles the careers and achievements of the most influential leaders of Reform Judaism, including a bibliography of works by and about each person. A series of essays reviews the history of particular organizations, and a set of appendices lists the principal figures affiliated with these associations. The volume concludes with an extensive bibliography of primary and secondary sources. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780313246289
Publisher:
ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date:
03/30/1993
Series:
Jewish Denominations in America Series
Pages:
384
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.88(d)

Meet the Author

KERRY M. OLITZKY is Director of the School of Education at Hebrew Union College--Jewish Institute of Religion, where he also directs the Doctor of Ministry program.

LANCE J. SUSSMAN is Assistant Professor of American Jewish History at SUNY Binghamton and rabbi of Temple Concord in Binghamton, New York.

MALCOLM H. STERN is Staff Genealogist of the American Jewish Archives and a lecturer in Jewish History at Hebrew Union College--Jewish Institute of Religion, where he also serves as Field Work Counselor.

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