The Columbia History of Jews and Judaism in America by Marc Lee Raphael

The Columbia History of Jews and Judaism in America

byMarc Lee Raphael

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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 Jewish culture.

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)

Marc Lee Raphael is the Nathan and Sophia Gumenick Professor of Judaic Studies, professor of religious studies, chairman of the Department of Religious Studies, and director of the Program in Judaic Studies at the College of William and Mary. He will publish his memoir, Diary of a Los Angeles Jew, 1947-1972: Autobiography as Autofict...
Title:The Columbia History of Jews and Judaism in AmericaFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:February 12, 2008Publisher:Columbia University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Marc Lee Raphael

Chronological Essays

1. America's Earliest Jewish Settlers, 1654-1820
Eli Faber
2. Expanding Jewish Life in America, 1826-1901
Dianne Ashton
3. The Great Wave: Eastern European Jewish Immigration to the United States, 1880-1924
Eric L. Goldstein
4. American Judaism Between the Two World Wars
Jeffrey S. Gurock
5. Triumph, Accommodation, and Resistance: American Jewish Life from the End of World War II to the Six-Day War
Riv-Ellen Prell
6. Influence and Affluence, 1967-2000
Stephen J. Whitfield

Topical Essays

7. The Ever Dying Denomination: American Jewish Orthodoxy, 1824-1965
Kimmy Caplan
8. The History of Jewish Education in America, 1700-2000
Melissa Klapper
9. A Regional Context for Pacific Jewry, 1880-1930
William Toll
10. Fun and Games: The American Jewish Social Club
Jenna Weissman Joselit
11. A Multithematic Approach to Southern Jewish History
Mark K. Bauman
12. American Jewish Responses to Nazism and the Holocaust
Rafael Medoff
13. Holocaust Consciousness and American Jewish Politics
Michael E. Staub
14. What Is American Jewish Culture?
Jeffrey Shandler
15. Rites of Citizenship: Jewish Celebrations of the Nation
Beth S. Wenger
16. A Bright New Constellation: Feminism and American Judaism
Pamela S. Nadell
17. Contemporary Jewish Thought
Alan T. Levenson
18. There's No Space Like Home: The Representation of Jewish American Life
Linda S. Raphael


Editorial Reviews

This book provides a nuanced look at a number of different facets of Jewish life in America.