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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 Although the series is no longer active, we continue to publish and welcome new submissions in this area.

Rebecca Gratz

Women and Judaism in Antebellum America

Dianne Ashton

This is the first in-depth biography of Rebecca Gratz (1781-1869), the foremost American Jewish woman of the nineteenth century.

Published: January 2015
ISBN: 9780814341001
Published: January 2015
ISBN: 9780814341018

"The Whole Wide World, Without Limits"

International Relief, Gender Politics, and American Jewish Women, 1893-1930

Mary McCune

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.

Published: June 2005
ISBN: 9780814337523

Jewish Voices of the California Gold Rush

A Documentary History, 1849-1880

Edited with an Introduction by Ava F. Kahn

A history of the founding of California’s Jewish community during the Gold Rush.

Published: September 2002
ISBN: 9780814328590

Communings of the Spirit

The Journals of Mordecai M. Kaplan, Volume 1: 1913-1934

Edited by Mel Scult

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.

Published: May 2002
ISBN: 9780814331163
Published: May 2002
ISBN: 9780814325759

Envisioning Israel

The Changing Ideals and Images of North American Jews

Edited by Allon Gal

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

Published: November 1996
ISBN: 9780814326305

Isaac Leeser and the Making of American Judaism

Lance J. Sussman

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.

Published: October 1995
ISBN: 9780814319963

Judaism Faces the Twentieth Century

A Biography of Mordecai M. Kaplan

Mel Scult

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.

Published: December 1994
ISBN: 9780814322802