American Judaism: A History

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Yale University Press, 2004 - History - 490 pages
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Winner of the 2004 National Jewish Book Award-Everett Family Foundation Jewish Book of the Year Award given by the Jewish Book Council (or just Winner of the 2004 National Jewish Book Award); Selected by Choice Magazine as an Outstanding Academic Title for 2005; Won Honorable Mention for the 2004 Professional/Scholarly Publishing Division Annual Award Competition in the Religion category; Selected as a finalist for the 2005 Koret Jewish Book Awards in the History category; Selected by Publishers Weekly as a Best Book of 2004 in the Religion category; Co-winner of the American Jewish Historical Society's Saul Viener Prize for the Outstanding Book in American Jewish History, 2003-2004; Winner of the Weinberg Judaic Studies Institute 2005 Prize for Best Book in American Jewish Studies; Named a (2004) Los Angeles Times bestseller; Won Honorable Mention for the 2005 Independent Publisher Book Awards in the Religion Category; Winner of the American Jewish Historical Society's 2005 Saul Viener Prize for the outstanding book published in a two-year period in the field of American Jewish history; Received rating of 'Outstanding' from members of the 2005 University Press Books Committee. This magisterial work traces American Judaism from its origins in the colonial era through the present day, exploring how Judaism adapted, how American culture affected Jewish religion and culture, and how American Jews shaped their own communities and faith in the new world.
 

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The author of American Judaism is my brother foremost living scholar of American Jewish history. Its a great read and has justifiably earned many awards. As the title says it is about American Judaism not about Americans who happen to be Jews. Easy to read you will return to it again and again. Read full review

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A comprehensive survey of the entirety of American Jewish history. It is written for the general reader but does not lack at all in depth or breadth. It is backed by original sources primarily derived ... Read full review

Contents

The Revolution in American Judaism
31
Union and Disunion
62
Two Worlds of American Judaism
135
An Anxious Subculture
208
Renewal
272
American Judaism at a Crossroads
356
American Jewish Population Estimates 16602000
375
Glossary
423
Selected Bibliography
441
Index
466
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Jonathan Sarna is Joseph H. and Belle R. Braun Professor of American Jewish History at Brandeis University, and chairs the Academic Board of the Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives. Author or editor of more than twenty books on American Jewish history and life, he is also the chief historian of the National Museum of American Jewish History and of the 350th commemoration of Jewish life in America, 1654-2004.

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