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
-- "Journal of American Ethnic History"
"Anyone wanting an interesting read will find the information
presented by these women lively, well written, and well
--"The National Jewish Post & Opinion"
"This is a very interesting, well-written and well-researched
--"Cleveland Jewish News"
"This anthology conveys the breadth of the historical
experiences of American Jewish women."
"An impressive compendium of essays, "American Jewish Women's
History" paints 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
--Deborah E. Lipstadt, Emory University
"It's a thought-provoking book that should be read by women and
"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 inthe 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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