American Jewish Civilization Series
The American Jewish Civilization Series features works of original scholarship and synthesis that advance our understanding of the American Jewish experience. The series includes books of historical, social, cultural, religious, biographical, and regional interest. Although the series is no longer active, we continue to publish and welcome new submissions in this area.
Women and Judaism in Antebellum America
This is the first in-depth biography of Rebecca Gratz (1781-1869), the foremost American Jewish woman of the nineteenth century.
International Relief, Gender Politics, and American Jewish Women, 1893-1930
An analysis of gender politics in the American Jewish community during the interwar period that reveals the role of gender and class in organizational politics and the importance of Jewish women in American political and activist history.
A Documentary History, 1849-1880
A history of the founding of California’s Jewish community during the Gold Rush.
The Journals of Mordecai M. Kaplan, Volume 1: 1913-1934
Selections from the diary of the founder of Reconstructionism in America, covering Kaplan’s early years as a rabbi, teacher of rabbis, and community leader.
The Changing Ideals and Images of North American Jews
Envisioning Israel examines the deeply entwined yet often problematic historical relationship between American Jewry and the Jewish community in Israel and its predecessor, the yishuv, the Jewish settlement in Palestine from the 1880s until 1948
This illuminating biography of Isaac Leeser reconstructs his personal struggles, pioneer efforts on behalf of American Judaism, and visions of a viable American-Jewish synthesis.
A Biography of Mordecai M. Kaplan
Judaism Faces the Twentieth Century is the first critical examination of the early life of Mordecai Caplet—the sources of his inspiration, the evolution of his thought as a religious ideologue, and his inner struggles.