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The American Jewish Experience through the Nineteenth Century: Immigration and Acculturation
In this piece, the authors present a history of American Jews beginning with the expulsion of Jews from Spain in the 15th century. The authors describe how many of the early American Jews lived in cosmopolitan port cities and were of Sephardic descent. The authors also highlight the creation of America’s first reform congregation in the 19th century as an important step in strengthening American Judaism. The authors continue through the civil war which divided Jews as much as the rest of the country. The authors move into the 20th century which saw the influx of Eastern European Jews and the effects of American Protestant life on American Jewish life. The author concludes with curriculum questions about the challenges associated with immigration and the maintenance of cultural identity. The authors also provide references that deal with immigration from various European Jewish groups and the American Jewish experience.
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Sarna, Jonathan D. Golden, Jonathan. The American Jewish Experience through the Nineteenth Century: Immigration and Acculturation. 2000: http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=4067