American Jewish History

This publication offers articles on every aspect of the American Jewish experience and history.

Articles from Vol. 90, No. 2, June

American Jewish Liberalism Revisited: Two Perspectives: Exceptionalism and Jewish Liberalism. (Point/Counterpoint)
Milton Himmelfarb's famous quip that Jews earn like Episcopalians but vote like Puerto Ricans continues to reflect popular understandings of American Jewish political culture. Despite a meteoric rise up the economic ladder, Jews have cast their...
American Jewish Women in Palestine: Bessie Gotsfeld, Henrietta Szold, and the Zionist Enterprise
Most Zionists who settled in Palestine during the period of the British Mandate (1922-1948) emigrated from Europe and western Asia, few from America. Yet, as Michael Brown points out, several individuals from the minimal number who came from the...
Exile and Alienation in America. (Point/Counterpoint)
Of Marc Dollinger's many interesting insights into American Jewish political behavior, his most daring may be the following: when American Jews feel directly threatened, as during the Holocaust or when they resided in the segregated South, they...
Interpretations of the Crown Heights Riot
The Crown Heights riot of August 1991 was one of the most serious incidents of antisemitism in American history. It took place in the Crown Heights neighborhood of Brooklyn, the worldwide center of the Lubavitch Hasidic movement, and lasted for...
Neglected Areas of American Jewish History at the Feinstein Center for American Jewish History. (in Pursuit Of.)
The Feinstein Center for American Jewish History was created twelve years ago at Temple University in Philadelphia. Working with consortiums of scholars as well as with individual researchers, the Center seeks to identify and to fill vacuums in...
"Something of His Own Soil": Jewish History, Mural Painting, and Bernard Zakheim in San Francisco (1)
When Franklin Delano Roosevelt agreed to support artists struggling to make a living during the Great Depression, arts administrators in San Francisco received funding for a major mural project in which Jewish artist Bernard Zakheim (1896-1985)...
To the Reader
In 1982, two younger scholars succeeded Henry Feingold as the new editors of American Jewish History. Marc Lee Raphael, now the Nathan and Sophia Gumenick Professor of Judaic Studies and the chair of the Department of Religion at the College of...