American Jewish History and Culture

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Kheel Center, International Ladies Garment Workers Union Photographs Collection

Joyce Antler

  • Ready to Turn the World Upside Down: Radical Feminism and Jewish Women
  • You Never Call, You Never Write: The Historical Legacy of American Jewish Mothers
  • From Sophie Tucker to Sarah Silverman: The Subversive Tradition of Jewish Women’s Comedy
  • Rabbis, Rebels, and Supreme Court Justices: How Jewish Women Shaped Modern America

Judah Cohen

  • Emerging American Jewish Sounds:  The (Intentionally) Forgotten 19th Century
  • Debbie Friedman as Liturgist, Composer, and Musician
  • The Cantor in American Jewish Life
  • Musical Theater and American Holocaust Memory” to “What We Can Learn from Holocaust-themed Musicals

David G. Dalin

  • Jewish Justices of the Supreme Court: From Brandeis to Kagan
  • The Extraordinary “RBG”: The Life and Legal Career of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the first Jewish Woman on the U.S. Supreme Court
  • The Presidents of the United States: From FDR to Donald Trump
  • Baseball’s Greatest Jewish Superstars: Hank Greenberg and Sandy Koufax /li>

Deborah Dash Moore

  • Urban Origins of American Judaism
  • GI Jews: How World War II Changed a Generation
  • Jewish New York

Nathaniel Deutsch

  • The Origins and History of Jewish Ethnography

Hasia Diner

  • Wandering Jews: Peddlers, Migrations, and the Discovery of New Worlds
  • No Generation of Silence: American Jews Remember the Holocaust, 1945-1967
  • Jewish Women in America: A History of Their Own
  • Eat and Be Satisfied: Food and the Making of American Jewry
  • The Lower East Side and American Jewish Memory

Matt Goldish

  • Screening of the Melton Center film, “The Other Men in Black: The Hasidic Movement Yesterday and Today,” with discussion

Jeffrey S. Gurock

  • The American Jewish Home Front During World War II: A View from New York
  • American Judaism’s Contemporary Scoreboard: Status and Identity in the Twenty-first Century
  • Jewish Harlem: Past and Present
  • A Modern Heretic and a Traditional Community: Rabbi Mordecai M. Kaplan and American Orthodoxy
  • American Orthodoxy’s Era of Non-Observance: 1900-1960

Robin Judd

  • Those Bloody Jews: Circumcision, Kosher Butchering, and Jewish Political Life
  • Ritualizing Jewish History: Jewish Rites and the Modern Jewish Experience

Thomas Pegelow Kaplan

  • Jewish (R)Émigrés, Leftist Protest Movements and Social Memories of Mass Murder in 1960s West Germany and the United States

Shaul Kelner

  • American Jews & Israel: A Changing Relationship
  • American Jews: A Changing Community

Melissa R. Klapper

  • Ballots, Babies, and Banners of Peace:  American Jewish Women’s Pre-World War II Activism
  • Were These Women Different From All Others?  A Brief History of American Jewish Women
  • Patriots or Pacifists?  American Jews Before World War II
  • A History of Jewish Education in America

Josh Lambert

  • “Strange Times to Be a Jew”: American Jewish Literature in the 21st Century
  • “Are Jews Pornographers?”: Obscenity and Jews in America, from the Comstock Laws to Sarah Silverman
  • Jewish Literature as Conspiracy
  • What can we learn from American Jewish Fiction?

Laura Leibman

  • The History of Multiracial Jews in the Americas
  • Jewish Houses of the Caribbean
  • Jewish Women in Colonial America

James Loeffler

  • A Long Tradition?: How Jewish Lawyers Remade International Law and Reinvented Jewishness

Ted Merwin

  • Homeland for the Jewish Soul: The History of the Jewish Deli in America
  • Where Harry Met Sally: The Jewish Deli in Pop Culture
  • Unbuttoned: Clothes and the Fashioning of American Jewish Comedy
  • From Chocolate Babka to Marble Rye: Food and Comedy in Seinfeld
  • Mixed Blessings: Jewish-Christian Intermarriage in American Comedy

Michael A. Meyer

  • Exporting Jewish Studies to the United States: The Case of Gotthard Deutsch
  • Image and Self-Image of the Modern Rabbi

Pamela S. Nadell

  • The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire: Out of Tragedy Comes Social Justice
  • Tevye’s Daughters in America
  • Blacks and Jews; Struggles in the American Promised Land
  • Telling the American Jewish Story on Independence Mall: The National Museum of American Jewish History
  • “Giving Our All the Poor Soldiers”: Jewish Women and the Civil War
  • Women Who Would Be Rabbis: The Battle for Women’s Ordination
  • Yentl: From Yeshiva Boy to Syndrom
  • ‘The Synagog shall Hear the Call of the Sister’: The History of Synagogue Sisterhoods

Annie Polland

  • Lower East Side History
  • Immigrants and Advice Literature
  • Working for the Sabbath: Religious Life of Eastern European Jews
  • May a Free Thinker Help a Pious Man? The Shared World of the Religious and the Secular
  • Tenement Museum/Public History

Riv-Ellen Prell

  • Is the First Amendment Good for American Jews: Religious Freedom on the College Campus and in the Culture
  • What is New About American Jewish Culture in the 21st Century?
  • Baby Boomers and their Jewish Summer Camps: The Making of a Cultural Revolution
  • How Feminism Remade American Judaism

Jonathan Ray

  • Jews in Colonial America – an Ancient People in a New World

Jonathan Sarna

  • Abraham Lincoln and the Jews
  • An Old Faith in the New World: The History of American Judaism
  • That Obnoxious Order: Ulysses S. Grant and the Jews
  • George Washington’s Correspondence with the Jews of Newport [text study]
  • Looking Ahead: American Judaism in the 21st Century

Shuly Rubin Schwartz

  • Baskin-Robbins Has 31 Flavors – How About American Judaism?
  • From Jewess Jeans to Juicy JAPs: Clothing and Jewish Stereotypes
  • Goodbye, Columbus, Hello Christopher: The Evolution of American Jewry

Jeffrey Shandler

  • The Holocaust on American Television
  • Tchotchkes: American Yiddish Material Culture after World War II
  • The ‘December Dilemma’: Christmas in American Jewish Popular Culture
  • Jews Fighting Prejudice on American Radio, 1939-1955
  • Is American Jewry ‘Exceptional’?
  • Comparing Jewish Emancipation in Europe and America

Beth S. Wenger

  • In Search of American Jewish Heritage
  • Civics Lessons: Jews and American National Holidays
  • Europe in American Jewish Imagination
  • American Jewish Visions of ‘The Holy Land’
  • The Lower East Side in American Jewish Memory
  • Monuments and Markers: Jewish Heritage in Brick and Stone
  • Soldiers, Symbols and Service: The Narratives of Jewish Patriotism
  • Sculpting an American Jewish Hero: The Myths and Monuments of Haym Salomon
  • The Politics of the Neighborhood: Jewish Political Culture in the Great Depression
  • Budgets, Boycotts, and Babies: Jewish Women in the Great Depression
  • Making American Jewish Men: Masculinity in the Immigrant Jewish World