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Becoming American Jews
Temple Israel of Boston
Meaghan Dwyer-Ryan, Susan L. Porter, Lisa Fagin Davis

Brandeis Series in American Jewish History, Culture, and Life

2009 • 280 pp. 205 illus. 6 1/8 x 9 1/4"
Jewish Studies / Social Science

$29.95 Paperback, 978-1-58465-790-3

A compelling history of Boston’s Temple Israel and its role in American Reform Judaism

From its beginning in 1854 as a traditional German shul to its current status as the largest Reform synagogue in New England, Temple Israel has been an important force in Boston and American Jewish life. The congregation’s ongoing efforts to adapt to changes in American society while preserving balance—between tradition and innovation, between acculturation and distinctiveness—exemplify the transformations in religious worship practices, education, and social justice that mark modern American Reform Judaism. This volume, based on hundreds of archival documents, demographic data, and oral histories, and illustrated with more than 200 images, brings to life the stories of the men, women, and children who have built and maintained this vital Jewish community for more than 150 years.

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MEAGHAN DWYER-RYAN is a Ph.D. candidate in American ethnic and immigration history at Boston College. SUSAN L. PORTER is a historian and scholar at the Brandeis University Women’s Studies Research Center, and a research consultant and lecturer in museum studies at the Harvard University Extension School. LISA FAGIN DAVIS is an independent scholar and manuscript consultant in the Boston area.

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