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The American Synagogue

The American Synagogue
A Sanctuary Transformed

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Abraham J. Karp, Jeffrey S. Gurock, Leon A. Jick, Jack Wertheimer, Marc D. Angel, Barry Chazan, Paula E. Hyman, Jenna Weissman Joselit, Benny Kraut, Deborah Dash Moore, Marsha L. Rozenblit, Jonathan D. Sarna, Kay Kaufman Shelemay
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  • Date Published: February 2003
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521534543

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  • Wertheimer's is the first study to chart the course of American synagogue history from colonial times to the present. Fourteen commissioned essays written by prominent scholars of Jewish American history offer a penetrating examination of synagogue development. Through case studies of individual congregations across the country, the authors investigate a wide range of isssues, posing such questions as: What roles have been assigned to the synagogue in various eras in American history? How have the synagogues of the three major denominations--Orthodox, Conservative, and Reform--differed? How have immigrant congregations become Americanized? And by what processes have innovations in synagogue ritual been introduced? The resulting analyses illustrate the richness and diversity of the American synagogue and provide a valuable framework for further study of the significance of the congregation in American religious life.

    Reviews & endorsements

    "Jack Wertheimer has brought together a group of social historians who have helped demonstrate the centrality of the synagogue to the American Jewish experience, and who have given us a rich beginning for the exploration of synagogue history." Gerald Sorin, Journal of American History

    "...a major contribution to the history of American religion." Pamela S. Nadell, Journal of American Ethnic History

    "...The American Synagogue, A Sanctuary Transformed is an excellent collection of essays about American Jewry and its preeminent institution, the synagogue. What we find in this volume is not simply a "sanctuary" or even a single institution transformed, but rather, a variety of synagogues dynamically interacting with particular Jewish communities in America. The strength of this book is, in fact, the rich diversity it brings to the study of the synagogue--both historically and sociologically." Laura Levitt, Critical Review

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    Product details

    • Date Published: February 2003
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521534543
    • length: 452 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 26 mm
    • weight: 0.66kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Overview: the synagogue in America - a historical typology Abraham J. Karp
    Part I. The Denominational Perspective:
    2. The orthodox synagogue Jeffrey S. Gurock
    3. The reform synagogue Leon A. Jick
    4. The conservative synagogue Jack Wertheimer
    Part II. The American experience of a sephardic synagogue Marc D. Angel
    6. Education in the synagogue: the transformation of the supplementary school Barry Chazan
    7. From city to suburb: temple Mishkan Tefila of Boston Paula E. Hyman
    8. The special sphere of the Middle-Class American Jewish woman: the synagogue sisterhood, 1890–1940 Jenna Weissman Joselit
    9. Ethnic-religious ambiguities in an immigrant synagogue: the case of new hope congregation Benny Kraut
    10. Conflict over reforms: the case of congregation Beth Elohim, Charleston, South Carolina Robert Liberles
    11. A synagogue center grows in Brooklyn Deborah Dash Moore
    12. choosing a synagogue: the social composition of two German congregations in nineteenth-century Baltimore Marsha L. Rozenblit
    13. The debate over mixed seating in the American synagogue Jonathan D. Sarna
    14. Music in the American synagogue: a case study from Houston Kay Kaufman Shelemay

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    Jack Wertheimer


    Abraham J. Karp, Jeffrey S. Gurock, Leon A. Jick, Jack Wertheimer, Marc D. Angel, Barry Chazan, Paula E. Hyman, Jenna Weissman Joselit, Benny Kraut, Deborah Dash Moore, Marsha L. Rozenblit, Jonathan D. Sarna, Kay Kaufman Shelemay

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