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American Judaism: A History

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This magisterial work chronicles the 350-year history of the Jewish religion in America. Tracing American Judaism from its origins in the colonial era through the present day, Jonathan Sarna explores the ways in which Judaism adapted in this new context. How did American culture—predominantly Protestant and overwhelmingly capitalist—affect Jewish religion and culture? And ...more
Paperback, 512 pages
Published October 24th 2005 by Yale University Press (first published 2004)
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Atrisharon
May 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A very easy and interesting book. One of the best historical reads. A must if interested in America's Jews.
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Very good history. Reads like a textbook but the content is first-rate.
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Lots of well researched information, but this reads like a text book. Difficult to get through.
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A well researched and quite readible history. It steered clear of being biased while showing the chasm between Judaism's belief and praxis in America.
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Jonathan D. Sarna is the Joseph H. and Belle R. Braun Professor of American Jewish History at Brandeis University and chief historian of the National Museum of American Jewish History. He has written, edited, or co-edited more than twenty books and is best known for the acclaimed American Judaism: A History, which received the Jewish Book Council’s Everett Family Foundation Jewish Book of the Year ...more
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