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Book Notes American Jewish Life The Cambridge Companion to American Judaism, edited by Dana Evan Kaplan. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2005. 462 pp. $70.00 (c); $27.99 (p). ISBN 0-521-82204-1 (c); 0-521-52951-4. This Companion provides readers with an introduction to historical and contemporary facets of Judaism in America. Written by twenty-four scholars from the fields of religious studies, history, literature, philosophy, art history, sociology, and musicology, the survey adopts an inclusive perspective on Jewish religious experience. Three initial chapters cover the development of Judaism in America from 1654, when Sephardic Jews first landed in New Amsterdam, until today. A Fire in Their Hearts: Yiddish Socialists in New York, by Tony Michels. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2005. 335 pp. $27.95. ISBN 0-67401913-X. Arguing against the view that socialism and Yiddish culture arrived as Old World holdovers, Michels demonstrates that they arose in New York in response to local conditions and thrived not despite Americanization, but because of it. New York Jews, in the beginning, exported Yiddish socialism to Russia, not the other way around. The Yiddish socialist movement shaped Jewish communities across the United States well into the twentieth century and left a political legacy that extends to the rise of http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Shofar: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Jewish Studies Purdue University Press

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American Jewish Life The Cambridge Companion to American Judaism, edited by Dana Evan Kaplan. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2005. 462 pp. $70.00 (c); $27.99 (p). ISBN 0-521-82204-1 (c); 0-521-52951-4. This Companion provides readers with an introduction to historical and contemporary facets of Judaism in America. Written by twenty-four scholars from the fields of religious studies, history, literature, philosophy, art history, sociology, and musicology, the survey adopts an inclusive perspective on Jewish religious experience. Three initial chapters cover the development of Judaism in America from 1654, when Sephardic Jews first landed in New Amsterdam, until today. A Fire in Their Hearts: Yiddish Socialists in New York, by Tony Michels. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2005. 335 pp. $27.95. ISBN 0-67401913-X. Arguing against the view that socialism and Yiddish culture arrived as Old World holdovers, Michels demonstrates that they arose in New York in response to local conditions and thrived not despite Americanization, but because of it. New York Jews, in the beginning, exported Yiddish socialism to Russia, not the other way around. The Yiddish socialist movement shaped Jewish communities across the United States well into the twentieth century and left a political legacy that extends to the rise of

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Shofar: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Jewish StudiesPurdue University Press

Published: Jul 12, 2006

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