The Columbia History of Jews and Judaism in America
This is the first anthology in more than half a century to offer
fresh insight into the history of Jews and Judaism in America.
Beginning with six chronological survey essays, the collection
builds with twelve topical essays focusing on a variety of
important themes in the American Jewish and Judaic experience.
The volume opens with early Jewish settlers (1654-1820), the
expansion of Jewish life in America (1820-1901), the great wave of
eastern European Jewish immigrants (1880-1924), the character of
American Judaism between the two world wars, American Jewish life
from the end of World War II to the Six-Day War, and the growth of
Jews' influence and affluence. The second half of the book includes
essays on the community of Orthodox Jews, the history of Jewish
education in America, the rise of Jewish social clubs at the turn
of the century, the history of southern and western Jewry, Jewish
responses to Nazism and the Holocaust; feminism's confrontation
with Judaism, and the eternal question of what defines American
The contributions of distinguished scholars seamlessly integrate
recent scholarship. Endnotes provide the reader with access to the
authors' research and sources. Comprehensive, original, and
elegantly crafted, The Columbia History of Jews and Judaism in
America not only introduces the student to this thrilling
history but also provides new perspectives for the scholar.
Contributors: Dianne Ashton (Rowan University), Mark K. Bauman
(Atlanta Metropolitan College), Kimmy Caplan (Bar-Ilan University,
Israel), Eli Faber (City University of New York), Eric L. Goldstein
(University of Michigan), Jeffrey S. Gurock (Yeshiva University),
Jenna Weissman Joselit (Princeton University), Melissa Klapper
(Rowan University), Alan T. Levenson (Siegal College of Judaic
Studies), Rafael Medoff (David S. Wyman Institute for Holocaust
Studies), Pamela S. Nadell (American University), Riv-Ellen Prell
(University of Minnesota), Linda S. Raphael (George Washington
University), Jeffrey Shandler (Rutgers University), Michael E.
Staub (City University of New York), William Toll (University of
Oregon), Beth S. Wenger (University of Pennsylvania), Stephen J.
Whitfield (Brandeis University)
Subjects: Religion, History
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