Women and American Judaism: Historical Perspectives / Edition 1

Women and American Judaism: Historical Perspectives / Edition 1

by Pamela S. Nadell
     
 

ISBN-10: 1584651245

ISBN-13: 9781584651246

Pub. Date: 06/01/2001

Publisher: Brandeis University Press

In April 1998, the front page of the Los Angeles Times proclaimed that Jews "live in extraordinary times, when American women have transformed their status in Judaism, creating one of the most dramatic cultural shifts in centirues of Jewish history." At the end of the 20th century Jewish women had redefined how they lived their Judaism: innovative…  See more details below

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In April 1998, the front page of the Los Angeles Times proclaimed that Jews "live in extraordinary times, when American women have transformed their status in Judaism, creating one of the most dramatic cultural shifts in centirues of Jewish history." At the end of the 20th century Jewish women had redefined how they lived their Judaism: innovative religious ceremonies welcoming the birth of daughters proliferated, girls came to mark their bat mitzvah, and Jewish women turned out for feminist seders and became rabbis. These essays show, however, that since colonial times Jewish women have continually reshaped their roles. Offering a gendered overview of three centuries of American Jewish religious life, they raise key questions about how women from across the nation conceptualized their ideas of Jewish womanhood even as they transformed their roles at home, in synagogues, as volunteers, and in the public eye.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781584651246
Publisher:
Brandeis University Press
Publication date:
06/01/2001
Series:
Brandeis Series in American Jewish History, Culture, and Life & HBI Series on Jewish Women
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
340
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Acknowledgments
Introduction1
Queens of the Household: The Jewish Women of British America, 1700-180015
The Exceptional and the Mundane: A Biographical Portrait of Rebecca Machado Phillips (1746-1831)46
Shifting Veils: Religion, Politics, and Womanhood in the Civil War Writings of American Jewish Women81
The Public Religious Lives of Cincinnati's Jewish Women107
From Domestic Judaism to Public Ritual: Women and Religious Identity in the American West128
From Priestess to Hostess: Sisterhoods of Personal Service in New York City, 1887-1936148
Between Race and Religion: Jewish Women and Self-Definition in Late-Nineteenth-Century America182
Mitzvah and Medicine: Gender, Assimilation, and the Scientific Defense of "Family Purity"201
The Road to Bat Mitzvah in America223
Ambassadors without Portfolio? The Religious Leadership of Rebbetzins in Late-Twentieth-Century American Jewish Life235
Justine Wise Polier and the Prophetic Tradition268
Feminism and American Judaism: Looking Back at the Turn of the Century291
List of Contributors309
Index313

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