American Jewry explores new transnational questions in Jewish history, analyzing the historical, cultural and social experience of American Jewry from 1654 to the present day, and evaluates the relationship between European and American Jewish history. Did the hopes of Jewish immigrants to establish an independent American Judaism in a free and pluralistic country come to fruition? How did Jews in America define their relationship to the 'Old World' of Europe, both before and after the Holocaust? What are the religious, political and cultural challenges for American Jews in the twenty-first century? Internationally renowned scholars come together in this volume to present new research on how immigration from Western and Eastern Europe established a new and distinctively American Jewish identity that went beyond the traditions of Europe, yet remained attached in many ways to its European origins.
Publisher: Continuum Publishing Corporation
Number of pages: 392
Weight: 726 g
Dimensions: 234 x 156 x 22 mm
This wide-ranging volume provides a new look at many aspects of the American Jewish experience. By exploring the roots of American Jewry in Europe and by viewing the American and European centers of Jewish life in comparison to one another, the authors of these essays help us to understand American Jewish life in a larger context. With their help, it is now easier to discern what is distinctive about American Jewish history and what that history shares with Jewish experiences elsewhere. * Eric L. Goldstein, Judith London Evans Director of the Tam Institute for Jewish Studies at Emory University and author of The Price of Whiteness: Jews, Race, and American Identity (2006). *
The volume by Wiese and Wilhelm ... [looks] at the relationship of American Jewry to the European Jewish experience and offers a spectrum of valuable insights. * The American Jewish Archives Journal *