350 Years of American Judaism

By Reena S. Friedman

Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association (RRA), Fall 2004

The author reviews American Judaism: A History by Jonathan D. Sarna, which she calls a masterful portrayal of the American Jewish experience from its beginnings in 1654 to the present day.  The author recounts Sarna's discussion of American Jewish History and comments on American Jews' diversity, religious practice, historical roots, folk and elite, women and their influences, experience with the Holocaust, post-war life and the place of Reconstructionism within it. The author commends Sarna for placing the Jewish saga within the framework of American history and believes the book will become the standard work in the field and required reading for scholars, Jewish communal professionals, university students and the general public.

Topic: History, Jewish Identification, Publications, Community Building

Name of Publication: The Reconstructionist

Editor: Hirsh, Richard

Volume/Issue: Vol.69/no.1

Page Number(s): 72-82

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Genre: Book Review

Coverage: United States

Language: English

Copyright Holder: Publisher

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Bibliographic Information:
Friedman, Reena S. 350 Years of American Judaism. The Reconstructionist. Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association (RRA). Fall 2004: 72-82. http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=4343


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