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Brandeis Series in American Jewish History, Culture and Life

Editor: Jonathan D. Sarna, Brandeis University
Associate Editor: Sylvia Barack Fishman, Associate Editor

This series encompasses all areas of American Jewish civilization, including history, religion, thought, politics, economics, sociology, anthropology, literature, and the arts. The series emphasizes contemporary and interdisciplinary studies, and volumes that tie together divergent aspects of the American Jewish experience.

Alternatives to Assimilation
The Response of Reform Judaism to American Culture, 1840–1930
Explores the influence of American culture and history on the development of Reform Jewish institutions. Brandeis Series in American Jewish History, Culture, and Life.
Silverstein, Alan

American Dreams and Nazi Nightmares
Early Holocaust Consciousness and Liberal America, 1957-1965
A unique contribution to America's encounter with Holocaust memory that links the use of Nazi imagery to liberal politics
Fermaglich, Kirsten

American Jewish History
A Primary Source Reader
A treasure trove of primary source documents on American Jewish history, culture, and life
Zola, Gary Phillip and Marc Dollinger, eds

American Jewish Women and the Zionist Enterprise

The first and only complete exploration of the role of American women in the creation and support of the State of Israel from pre-State years through the struggles of Israel’s first decades.
Reinharz, Shulamit and Raider, Mark A.

An American Orthodox Dreamer
Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik and Boston’s Maimonides School
The first full-scale historical treatment of Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik, the leading figure in twentieth-century American Jewish Orthodoxy.
Farber, Seth

The American Synagogue
A Sanctuary Transformed
Leading historians of modern Jewry offer the first comprehensive account of American synagogue history.
Wertheimer, Jack, ed.

The Americanization of the Synagogue, 1820–1870

Jick, Leon A.

The Americanization of Zionism, 1897-1948

A cogent analysis of the political and cultural factors that shaped American Zionism in its early stages.
Cohen, Naomi W.

Becoming American Jews
Temple Israel of Boston
A compelling history of Boston’s Temple Israel and its role in American Reform Judaism
Dwyer-Ryan, Meaghan, Susan L. Porter, and Lisa Fagin Davis

The Benderly Boys and American Jewish Education

The first full-scale history of the creation, growth, and ultimate decline of the dominant twentieth-century model for American Jewish education
Krasner, Jonathan B.

A Breath of Life
Feminism in the American Jewish Community
A vigorous portrayal of the effects of a distinct form of feminism on the spiritual and secular lives of Jewish women.
Fishman, Sylvia Barack

California Jews

The first full-length presentation of Jewish life, history, and culture in California from the Gold Rush to the twenty-first century
Kahn, Ava F. and Marc Dollinger, eds., Moses Rischin, fwd.

Crown Heights
Blacks, Jews, and the 1991 Brooklyn Riot
The first full-length scholarly study of the only antisemitic riot in American history
Shapiro, Edward S.

Diaspora and Zionism in Jewish American Literature
Lazarus, Syrkin, Reznikoff, and Roth
An in-depth exploration of the work of four major writers confronting Jewish nationalism and the fate of the diaspora.
Omer-Sherman, Ranen

Double or Nothing?
Jewish Families and Mixed Marriage
A lively and accessible look at Jewish intermarriage and its familial and cultural effects.
Fishman, Sylvia Barack

The Dynamics of American Jewish History
Jacob Rader Marcus’s Essays on American Jewry
Sheds light on how Jacob Rader Marcus—one of the twentieth century’s most influential American Jewish historians—conceptualized his understanding of the American Jewish experience.
Zola, Gary Phillip, ed

Family Matters
Jewish Education in an Age of Choice
A provocative look at the current state of Jewish education in the United States
Wertheimer, Jack, editor

Fixing the World
Jewish American Painters in the Twentieth Century
The first full-color book to examine Jewish American painters and their works.
Soltes, Ori Z.

Follow My Footprints
Changing Images of Women in American Jewish Fiction
Twenty-one writers document the diverse representations and roles of Jewish women in American literature and culture.
Fishman, Sylvia Barack, ed.

Gilded Lions and Jeweled Horses
The Synagogue to the Carousel, Jewish Carving Traditions
A richly illustrated volume celebrating Jewish carving traditions from the Old World to the New
Zimiles, Murray

Hebrew and the Bible in America
The First Two Centuries
Goldman, Shalom, ed.

“How Goodly Are Thy Tents”
Summer Camps as Jewish Socializing Experiences
An entertaining ethnographic study of how Jewish summer camps foster Jewish sensibilities and education.
Sales, Amy L. and Saxe, Leonard

Imagining the American Jewish Community

A lively collection of sixteen essays on the many ways American Jews have imagined and constructed communities
Wertheimer, Jack, editor

In Search of American Jewish Culture

A leading cultural historian explores the complex interactions of Jewish and American cultures.
Whitfield, Stephen J.

Irreconcilable Differences?
The Waning of the American Jewish Love Affair with Israel
A bold analysis of the creation and dissolution of the American Jewish consensus on Israel.
Rosenthal, Steven T.

Jacob H. Schiff
A Study in American Jewish Leadership
The first full-scale biography of a major Jewish leader and financier.
Cohen, Naomi W.

Jewhooing the Sixties
American Celebrity and Jewish Identity—Sandy Koufax, Lenny Bruce, Bob Dylan, and Barbra Streisand
A lively look at four major Jewish celebrities of early 1960s America, who together made their mark on both American culture and Jewish identity
Kaufman, David E.

The Jewish 1960s
An American Sourcebook
A collection of primary sources about Jewish contributions to and involvement in the tumultuous social transformations of the 1960s.
Staub, Michael E., ed.

Jewish Renaissance and Revival in America

An anthology that explores religious and social revival in American Judaism in the 19th century
Fishbane, Eitan P. and Jonathan D. Sarna, eds.

Jewish Roots in Southern Soil
A New History
A lively look at southern Jewish history and culture.
Ferris, Marcie Cohen and Greenberg, Mark I., eds. Eli N. Evans, fwd.

The Jews of Prime Time

An examination of Jewish television characters from the last fifty years, along with a backstage look at the Jewish insiders who created the strange history of Jewish identity in prime time television
Zurawik, David

The Jews of Rhode Island

A richly illustrated survey of the history and culture of Rhode Island Jews.
Goodwin, George M. and Ellen Smith, eds.

Jews of South Florida

A lavishly illustrated and lively introduction to a unique American Jewish community.
Greenbaum, Andrea, ed.

Learning and Community
Jewish Supplementary Schools in the Twenty-First Century
Rich ethnographies of Jewish supplementary schools drawn from every region in the U.S.
Wertheimer, Jack

Let Us Prove Strong
The American Jewish Committee, 1945-2006
A history of the last 60 years of the American Jewish Committee to commemorate its centennial in 2007
Sanua, Marianne R.

Lone Stars of David
The Jews of Texas
An essay collection of lively written, lavishly illustrated, and well-documented narratives on the history and culture of Texas Jews.
Weiner, Hollace Ava and Roseman, Kenneth D.

Louis I. Kahn’s Jewish Architecture
Mikveh Israel and the Midcentury American Synagogue
The evolution of the postwar American synagogue illuminated through the plans for Louis Kahn’s unbuilt Mikveh Israel
Solomon, Susan G.

Marie Syrkin
Values Beyond the Self
The life and times of Marie Syrkin, polemicist of pragmatic idealism
Kessner, Carole S.

The New Jewish Leaders
Reshaping the American Jewish Landscape
A riveting study of a generational transition with major implications for American Jewish life
Wertheimer, Jack, ed.

Observing America’s Jews

Collected essays by a preeminent authority on American Jewish history.
Sklare, Marshall. Jonathan D. Sarna, ed. and fwd.; Charles S. Liebman, afterword.

Overweight Sensation
The Life and Comedy of Allan Sherman
A groundbreaking biography of the song parodist and Jewish humorist
Cohen, Mark

A People Divided
Judaism in Contemporary America
An analysis of contemporary American Judaism within the broader scope of American religious life.
Wertheimer, Jack

Promised Lands
New Jewish American Fiction on Longing and Belonging
An anthology of previously-unpublished stories by leading young Jewish writers that explore the idea of the Promised Land
Rubin, Derek, ed.

A Second Exodus
The American Movement to Free Soviet Jews
A first-time chronicle of the US Soviet Jewry Movement.
Friedman, Murray, and Albert D. Chernin, eds

Sephardic-American Voices
Two Hundred Years of a Literary Legacy
A groundbreaking literary anthology reveals the nature and history of a lesser-known but vital branch of Jewish culture.
Matza, Diane, ed.

Shul with a Pool
The “Synagogue-Center” in American Jewish History
The evolution of an American institution that reflects the unique tension between Judaism and Jewishness.
Kaufman, David

Suddenly Jewish
Jews Raised as Gentiles Discover Their Jewish Roots
Dramatic personal stories of the unexpected discovery of a Jewish heritage.
Kessel, Barbara

Taking Root
The Origins of the Canadian Jewish Community
Tulchinsky, Gerald

Talking Back
Images of Jewish Women in American Popular Culture
Lively essays investigating American Jewish women's images in popular culture.
Antler, Joyce, ed.

Tempest in the Temple
Jewish Communities and Child Sex Scandals
A brave collection of essays by rabbis, educators, lawyers, and psychotherapists on sexual abuse within the Jewish clergy
Neustein, Amy, ed.

Ten Days of Birthright Israel
A Journey in Young Adult Identity
The remarkable story of Birthright Israel, an intensive ten-day educational program designed to connect Jewish young adults to their heritage
Saxe, Leonard and Barry Chazan

These Are Our Children
Jewish Orphanages in the United States, 1880–1925
Portrays the impact of Jewish orphanages on American Jewish communal life and culture.
Friedman, Reena Sigman

Through the Sands of Time
A History of the Jewish Community of St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands
An enlightening look at a unique and remarkable Jewish community
Cohen, Judah M.

Women and American Judaism
Historical Perspectives
New portrayals of the religious lives of American Jewish women from colonial times to the present.
Nadell, Pamela S. and Jonathan D. Sarna, eds

Woody on Rye
Jewishness in the Films and Plays of Woody Allen
A critical assessment of Jewishness in Woody Allen’s films and plays
Brook, Vincent, and Marat Grinberg, editors