American Jewish Women's History A Reader

ISBN-10: 0814758088

ISBN-13: 9780814758083

Edition: 2003

Authors: Pamela S. Nadell

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View the Table of Contents "Nadell makes explicit the diverse roles and experiences of Jewish women in the United States." History Reviews of New Books "Historians...who have heretofore not taken notice...of the scholarship on Jewish women would benefit the most from perusing this volume." Journal of American Ethnic History "Anyone wanting an interesting read will find the information presented by these women lively, well written, and well researched." The National Jewish Post & Opinion "This is a very interesting, well-written and well-researched work." Cleveland Jewish News "This anthology conveys the breadth of the historical experiences of American Jewish women." Jewish Advocate "An impressive compendium of essays,American Jewish Women's Historypaints a broad and diverse portrait of American Jewish women. Written by some of the most incisive historians of the American Jewish community, the chapters examine Jewish women in many different venues: the home and the marketplace, religious and secular institutions, and picket lines and cultural institutions." Deborah E. Lipstadt, Emory University "It's a thought-provoking book that should be read by women and men alike." Booklist"The essays Nadell has collected highlight the diversity of the American Jewish women whose identities over time and place were shaped by the interplay of complex forces.... And they demonstrate, too, that the history of American Jewish women is finally being accorded its own 'room' within the house of women's history." The Jewish Quarterly Review "It gives me a secret pleasure to observe the fair character our family has in the place by Jews & Christians," Abigail Levy Franks wrote to her son from New York City in 1733. Abigail was part of a tiny community of Jews living in the new world. In the centuries that followed, as that community swelled to several millions, women came to occupy diverse and changing roles. American Jewish Women's History, an anthology covering colonial times to the present, illuminates that historical diversity. It shows women shaping Judaism and their American Jewish communities as they engaged in volunteer activities and political crusades, battled stereotypes, and constructed relationships with their Christian neighbors. It ranges from Rebecca Gratz's development of the Jewish Sunday School in Philadelphia in 1838 to protest the rising prices of kosher meat at the turn of the century, to the shaping of southern Jewish women's cultural identity through food. There is currently no other reader conveying the breadth of the historical experiences of American Jewish women available. The reader is divided into four sections complete with detailed introductions. The contributors include: Joyce Antler, Joan Jacobs Brumberg, Alice Kessler-Harris, Paula E. Hyman, Riv-Ellen Prell, and Jonathan D. Sarna.
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List price: $27.00
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: New York University Press
Publication date: 4/5/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 326
Size: 6.75" wide x 9.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.298
Language: English

Pamela S. Nadell is Professor of History and Director of the Jewish Studies Program at American University. She is the author of Women Who Would Be Rabbis: A History of Women’s Ordination, 1889-1985, which was a finalist for the National Jewish Book Award, and co-editor of Women and American Judaism: Historical Perspectives.

Sense of Place
Portraits of a Community: The Image and Experience of Early American Jews
The Lessons of the Hebrew Sunday School
A Great Awakening: The Transformation That Shaped Twentieth-Century American Judaism
Gone to Another Meeting: The National Council of Jewish Women, 1893-1993
Worlds of Difference
Borrowers or Lenders Be: Jewish Immigrant Women's Credit Networks
"We Dug More Rocks": Women and Work
Organizing the Unorganizable: Three Jewish Women and Their Union
Immigrant Women and Consumer Protest: The New York City Kosher Meat Boycott of 1902
Zion in Our Hearts: Henrietta Szold and the American Jewish Women's Movement
A Wider World
The Jewish Priestess and Ritual: The Sacred Life of American Orthodox Women
The Women Who Would Be Rabbis
Budgets, Boycotts, and Babies: Jewish Women in the Great Depression
Angels "Rewolt!": Jewish Women in Modern Dance in the 1930s
Fierce Attachments
The "Me" of Me: Voices of Jewish Girls in Adolescent Diaries of the 1920s and 1950s
Rage and Representation: Jewish Gender Stereotypes in American Culture
"From the Recipe File of Luba Cohen": A Study of Southern Jewish Foodways and Cultural Identity
Going South: Jewish Women in the Civil Rights Movement
Jewish Feminism Faces the American Women's Movement: Convergence and Divergence
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