Modern Jewish History
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Early Modern HistoryHasidism & Its Discontents
Traditionalists as well as modernists opposed Hasidism on social, theological and cultural grounds.Shabbetai Zevi
The kabbalistic false messiah.Crypto-Jews
A history of the marrano diaspora.Glueckel of Hameln
The diaries of this businesswoman provide an intimate picture of 17th-century German Jews.Shtetls
The shtetl looms large in Jewish history and memory.
While some Jews fought, others suffered at the hands of the British.Haskalah
Be a Jew at home and a man on the street.The Trefa Banquet
The famous treyf banquet at Hebrew Union College's first ordination ceremony symbolized a formal break from tradition.Dreyfus Affair
The espionage conviction of a French military officer was a watershed event in the history of European anti-Semitism.Ellis Island
A brief history of the place where so many Jewish immigrants entered the U.S.
America's Communist movement owed a lot to Jewish support.American Zionism
Reconciling American identity with support for a Jewish homelandThe Catskills
Where New York City's Jews went to get away from it all.Mordecai Kaplan
An examination of the philosophy of one of the twentieth century's most prominent Jewish thinkers, Mordecai Kaplan (1881-1983).Gangsters
Jewish gangsters rode organized crime out of the ghetto to a life of violence and crime.
After World War II, thousands of American Jews left the cities for the suburbs.A Common History
The complicated history of Black-Jewish relations in America.Soviet Jewry Movement
The fight to liberate the Soviet Jews united the American Jewish community.American Jewish Feminism
Contemporary Jewish feminism has made its impact on all of the major denominations of Jewish life.Fall of Communism
Jewish life flourishes both in and outside the former Soviet Union.