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Making a Life Building a Community: A History of the Jews of Hartford

David G. Dalin and Jonathan Rosenbaum
Making a Life Building a Community: A History of the Jews of Hartford
ISBN: 978-0-8419-1374-5
$49.95
ISBN: 978-0-8419-1375-2
$24.95
1997/326 pages/LC: 97019875
Distributed for Holmes & Meier Publishers

"One of the best and most comprehensive histories that we have of a mid-sized American Jewish community.... A  model of what local Jewish community history can and should be."—Jonathan D. Sarna, Brandeis University

"Will stand for decades as the definitive history of the Jews of Hartford."—Christopher Collier, Connecticut State Historian


DESCRIPTION

In the first analytical history of this important Jewish community, David G. Dalin and Jonathan Rosenbaum draw extensively on primary sources to place Hartford within the larger contexts of US social, urban, ethnic, and Jewish history.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

David G. Dalin is a conservative rabbi and professor of history and politics at Ave Maria University in Florida. He is coauthor (along with Jonathan D. Sarna) of Religion and State in the American Jewish Experience. Jonathan Rosenbaum is a rabbi and president emeritus of Gratz College.

CONTENTS

  • Introduction.
  • Hartford Jewry's Colonial Roots.
  • Becoming Part of the Whole: Congregation Beth Israel and the Budding of Social Acceptance, 1843–1880.
  • From Orthodoxy to Reform: The Religious Evolution of Congregation Beth Israel, 1847–1880.
  • Hartford’s Jewish East Side: The East European Jewish Immigrant Community, 1881–1930.
  • Hartford’s Jewish East Side: The East European Jewish Immigrant Community, 1881–1930.
  • Unity Amid Diversity: The New Immigrants and the Expansion of Jewish Social, Health, and Welfare Organizations in Hartford, 1910–1924.
  • Transmitting the Tradition: Religious and Educational Institutions, 1920–1960.
  • In Pursuit of a Jewish State: Zionism in Hartford.
  • Local Trends and National Precedents: Jews and Politics in Hartford and Beyond.
  • Out of the Ashes: The Holocaust, American Neglect, and the Rise to Leadership of Hartford’s Holocaust Survivors.
  • Making a Living and Making a Life: Economic Opportunity and the Expansion of Communal Institutions.
  • Greater Hartford: The Evolution of a Regional Jewish Community.
  • From Stability to the Unexpected: Postwar Challenges and Communal Cohesion.