The Rabbi's Wife: The Rebbetzin in American Jewish Life by Shuly SchwartzThe Rabbi's Wife: The Rebbetzin in American Jewish Life by Shuly Schwartz

The Rabbi's Wife: The Rebbetzin in American Jewish Life

byShuly Schwartz

Paperback | September 1, 2007

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2006 National Jewish Book Award, Modern Jewish Thought

Long the object of curiosity, admiration, and gossip, rabbis' wives have rarely been viewed seriously as American Jewish religious and communal leaders. We know a great deal about the important role played by rabbis in building American Jewish life in this country, but not much about the role that their wives played. The Rabbi’s Wife redresses that imbalance by highlighting the unique contributions of rebbetzins to the development of American Jewry.

Tracing the careers of rebbetzins from the beginning of the twentieth century until the present, Shuly Rubin Schwartz chronicles the evolution of the role from a few individual rabbis' wives who emerged as leaders to a cohort who worked together on behalf of American Judaism. The Rabbi’s Wife reveals the ways these women succeeded in both building crucial leadership roles for themselves and becoming an important force in shaping Jewish life in America.

Title:The Rabbi's Wife: The Rebbetzin in American Jewish LifeFormat:PaperbackDimensions:326 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.68 inPublished:September 1, 2007Publisher:NYU PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0814740537

ISBN - 13:9780814740538


Editorial Reviews

“This is the definitive work on the American rebbetzin. At once well-written and well-researched, it makes a notable contribution to the history of women in American Judaism, and puts forth a highly persuasive thesis: that many rabbis' wives in America married what they wanted to be. A landmark study.”
-Jonathan D. Sarna,author of American Judaism: A History