Jewish Life in Small-Town America (Hardcover)

A History

By Lee Shai Weissbach

Yale University Press, 9780300106718, 448pp.

Publication Date: May 11, 2005

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Description

In this book, Lee Shai Weissbach offers the first comprehensive portrait of small-town Jewish life in America. Exploring the history of communities of 100 to 1000 Jews, the book focuses on the years from the mid-nineteenth century to World War II. Weissbach examines the dynamics of 490 communities across the United States and reveals that smaller Jewish centers were not simply miniature versions of larger communities but were instead alternative kinds of communities in many respects.
The book investigates topics ranging from migration patterns to occupational choices, from Jewish education and marriage strategies to congregational organization. The story of smaller Jewish communities attests to the richness and complexity of American Jewish history and also serves to remind us of the diversity of small-town society in times past.


About the Author

Lee Shai Weissbach is professor of history at the University of Louisville.


Praise For Jewish Life in Small-Town America: A History

"Unquestionably the most thoroughly researched of all books on small Jewish communities, this volume will stand for many years as the definitive work on the subject.”—Jonathan Sarna, author of American Judaism


"Unquestionably the most thoroughly researched of all books on small Jewish communities, this volume will stand for many years as the definitive work on the subject."—Jonathan Sarna, author of American Judaism

 

 


— Jonathan Sarna