The Jews of Boston

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Jonathan D. Sarna, Ellen Smith, Scott-Martin Kosofsky
Yale University Press, 2005 - History - 370 pages
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Published on the 350th anniversary of the first Jews to arrive in America, this comprehensive history of the Jews of Boston is now available in a revised and updated paperback edition. The stunning work combines illuminating essays by distinguished Jewish historians with 110 rare photographs to trace the community from its tentative beginnings in colonial Boston through its emergence in the twentieth century as one of the most influential and successful Jewish communities in America. The volume also presents fascinating information about Boston’s synagogues and Jewish neighborhoods as well as the evolution of Jewish culture in Boston and the United States.Praise for the previous edition:“The writing is engaging and lucid, and the superb, profuse illustrations enhance the text. While numerous community histories have been published, this volume is in a class by itself--and will set the standard for all future works of this kind.”—Library Journal“For those of us who grew up with anecdotes of what being a Jew was like in, say, the South End in 1910, or in Roxbury or Chelsea in 1920, this history, collected in one place for the first time, fills in the blanks. It gives us the context for our inherited folk tales.”—Alan Lupo, Boston Globe
 

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Illuminating essays about the Jewish community of Boston. Though there's a good deal of overlap -- several pieces discuss the migration of Jews from Roxbury and Dorchester to the suburbs --most of the ... Read full review

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This book of essays and photographs, released in hardcover in 1995 to critical acclaim, is now available in an updated, revised paperback edition at less than half the hardcover asking price. The ... Read full review

Contents

The Jews of Colonial Boston
21
Israelites in Boston 18401880
45
The Emergence of a Unified Community 18801917
67
From Margin to Mainstream 19171967
87
Moving Apart and Growing Together 19671994
109
Bridging Wisdom Community and Culture 19952004
123
Bostons Jewish Districts 18431994
137
A History of the Synagogues of Boston
175
On the History of Jewish Education in Boston JOSEPH REIMER
285
An Assessment of Jewish Culture STEPHEN J WHITFIELD
309
The JewishChristian Experience THOMAS H OCONNOR
333
The Jewish Population of Boston
343
Combined Jewish Philanthropies 18952005
345
About the Authors
347
Selected Bibliography
351
Index
359

Community and Philanthropy
221
Boston Jews and American Zionism
249

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About the author (2005)

Jonathan D. Sarna is the Joseph H. and Belle R. Braun Professor of American Jewish History at Brandeis University. Ellen Smith is curator at the American Jewish Historical Society. Thomas H. O'Connor is University Historian and Professor of History, Emeritus, at Boston College. He is the author of numerous books on Boston history, including Boston Catholics: A History of the Church and Its People and The Hub: Boston Past and Present.

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