Jewish New York

The Remarkable Story of a City and a People

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Deborah Dash Moore, Jeffrey S. Gurock, Annie Polland, Howard B. Rock, Daniel Soyer
  • New York, NY: 
    NYU Press
    , October
     2017.
     512 pages.
     $30.00.
     Hardcover.
    ISBN
    9781479850389.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.

Description

The definitive history of Jews in New York and how they transformed the city.

Based on the acclaimed multi-volume series, City of Promises: A History of the Jews of New York, Jewish New York reveals the multifaceted world of one of the city’s most important ethnic and religious groups. Spanning three centuries, Jewish New Yorktraces the earliest arrival of Jews in New Amsterdam to the recent immigration of Jews from the former Soviet Union. 

Jewish immigrants transformed New York. They built its clothing industry and constructed huge swaths of apartment buildings. New York Jews helped to make the city the center of the nation’s publishing industry and shaped popular culture in music, theater, and the arts. With a strong sense of social justice, a dedication to civil rights and civil liberties, and a belief in the duty of government to provide social welfare for all its citizens, New York Jews influenced the city, state, and nation with a new wave of social activism.

In turn, New York transformed Judaism and stimulated religious pluralism, Jewish denominationalism, and contemporary feminism. The city’s neighborhoods hosted unbelievably diverse types of Jews, from Communists to Hasidim.

Jewish New York not only describes Jews’ many positive influences on New York, but also exposes the group’s struggles with poverty and anti-Semitism.  These injustices reinforced an exemplary commitment to remaking New York into a model multiethnic, multiracial, and multireligious world city.

About the Author(s)/Editor(s)/Translator(s): 

Deborah Dash Moore is Frederick G. L. Huetwell professor of history and Judaic studies at the University of Michigan. She is the author/editor of a number of books, including GI Jews: How World War II Changed a Generation and, with Howard Rock, Cityscapes: A History of New York in Images.

Jeffrey S. Gurock is Libby M. Klaperman professor of Jewish history at Yeshiva University. A prize-winning author, he has written or edited fifteen books in American Jewish history. Gurock has served as chair of the Academic Council of the American Jewish Historical Society and as associate editor of American Jewish History. He lives with his family in the Riverdale section of the Bronx.

Annie Polland is senior vice president for programs and education at the Lower East Side Tenement Museum.

Howard B. Rock is a professor of history emeritus at Florida International University. He is winner of the 2012  Everett Family Foundation Jewish Book of the Year Award, National Jewish Book Council and the 2012 Runner-Up for the Dixon Ryan Manuscript Award presented by the New York Historical Association for Haven of Liberty: New York Jews in the New World, 1654-1865. He is also the author or editor of five other books, including Cityscapes: A History of New York in Images, written with Deborah Dash Moore.

Daniel Soyer teaches history at Fordham University in the Bronx. He is the author of the prize-winning Jewish Immigrant Associations and American Identity in New York, 1880-1939, and co-editor and translator of My Future is in America: East European Jewish Immigrant Autobiographies.

Diana L. Linden is author of Ben Shahn's New Deal Murals: Jewish Identity in the American Scene and co-editor of The Social and the Real: Political Art of the 1930s in the Western Hemisphere.

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