A History of the Jews in America

A History of the Jews in America

Language: English

Pages: 1072

ISBN: 0679745300

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

Spanning 350 years of Jewish experience in this country, A History of the Jews in America is an essential chronicle by the author of The Course of Modern Jewish History.

With impressive scholarship and a riveting sense of detail, Howard M. Sachar tells the stories of Spanish marranos and Russian refugees, of aristocrats and threadbare social revolutionaries, of philanthropists and Hollywood moguls. At the same time, he elucidates the grand themes of the Jewish encounter with America, from the bigotry of a Christian majority to the tensions among Jews of different origins and beliefs, and from the struggle for acceptance to the ambivalence of assimilation.





















an immigrant legacy amid a majority culture. The trauma of his last-minute reprieve from dismissal by Columbia’s English Department never faded (see this page). Until then, Trilling had been a contributor of stories and reviews to the Menorah Journal. But in ensuing years, as he immersed himself in the study of Matthew Arnold and other genteel Anglo-Saxon authors, his Jewish concerns dropped away almost entirely. An arch-humanist, Trilling was among the first of his generation to reject

Home.… The Zionists regarded the two innocuous sentences as a major victory. It was the opposite. Eight days later, at the president’s request, Sol Bloom, chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, persuaded his colleagues to shelve hearings on the Wright-Compton Resolution “for the time being.” The Senate then followed suit. In their frustration and impatience, the American Zionist Emergency Council moved its political campaign into higher gear. By autumn, when the 1944 election campaign

Oklahoma, sold the building that housed their synagogue and wired the proceeds directly to Israel. Jews who had never identified with Israel, or even with their Jewish community, came out of the woodwork, checkbooks in hand. In Chicago, when staff members finally sorted out money and pledge cards, twelve thousand Jewish families were discovered that had not formerly been listed on the rolls of any Jewish organization. Ultimately, between the regular and emergency UJA campaigns of 1967, American

in the United States. The latter figure exceeded the totality of Central European Jews rescued from Hitler between 1933 and 1940. And whether in Israel or in North America, these people shared a new lease on their future. So, ironically, did the American Jews who had devoted themselves to their cause. In the years of disenchantment with the “ugly Israeli,” the rescue effort for Soviet Jews functioned as a vital emotional compensation, a new focus of communal purpose. Nor would that raison d’ětre

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