The Jews of Boston: Essays on the Occasion of the Centenary (1895-1995) of the Combined Jewish Philanthropies of Greater Boston

The Jews of Boston: Essays on the Occasion of the Centenary (1895-1995) of the Combined Jewish Philanthropies of Greater Boston

by Jonathan D. Sarna
     
 

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George Cohen
Twelve essays by Jewish historians trace Boston's Jewish community from its colonial beginnings to the present, a span of nearly 350 years. Sarna begins with his essay on the historical perspective of the Jews, followed by two essays by Smith. The first, on the Jews of colonial Boston, goes back to 1649, when the first Sephardic scholar and trader arrived from Holland. Her second essay focuses on Jewish immigration to the city between 1840 and 1880 and how the Jews began to prosper in the late 1870s. Other essays discuss the emergence of a unified community, 1880 to 1917; the period from 1917 to 1967, when the Jewish population grew from an estimated 75,000 to 176,000; and the period between 1967 and 1994, a time of social change. Others focus on Boston's Jewish neighborhoods, Zionism, and the city's synagogues. And there are essays assessing Boston Jewish philanthropy, education, and culture. More than 250 historic photographs, engravings, and documents complement the text.

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ISBN-13:
9781555532178
Publisher:
Combined Jewish Philanthropies of Greater Boston
Publication date:
04/14/1995
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
9.41(w) x 12.38(h) x 1.21(d)

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