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From Haven to Home: 350 Years of Jewish Life in America Hardcover – September 1, 2004


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A Chanukah menorah with each of its eight branches topped by a mini Statue of Liberty exemplifies as well as anything in this fascinating volume the deep connection that Jews have developed with America and its culture over the past 350 years. This handsome volume, which explores that connection, accompanies an exhibit at the Library of Congress, which will also travel to Cincinnati, New York City and Los Angeles. But the book stands on its own, both as a historical assessment and as a lovely coffee table book filled with illuminating images from the Library’s vast holdings. Many of the articles are by major scholars, such as Jonathan Sarna, Deborah Dash Moore and Leonard Dinnerstein. Jack Wertheimer’s essay on "American Jewry Since 1945" includes posters highlighting Jewish concerns, such as the demand to free Soviet Jewry. Sarna’s essay on Judaism in America includes the title page of Rabbi Isaac Mayer Wise’s Reform prayer book, appropriately titled Minhag Amerika (the American rite). The bad is remembered—the lynching of Leo Frank, the anti-Semitic rants of Father Coughlin—but so is the good—the joys of Yiddish theater, the flourishing of Jewish women in America. Comprehensive, beautiful and erudite, this is an excellent gift for anyone interested in Jewish American history and culture.
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About the Author

Michael W. Grunberger is Head of the Hebraic Section at the Library of Congress, where he has curated such exhibits as "Zion's Call" and "Scrolls from the Dead Sea: The Ancient Library of Qumran and Modern Scholarship." He lives in Washington, D.C.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 243 pages
  • Publisher: George Braziller (September 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0807615374
  • ISBN-13: 978-0807615379
  • Product Dimensions: 12.3 x 9.4 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,191,584 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By James Schuyler on December 19, 2004
Format: Hardcover
For the celebration of the 350th anniversary of Jewish life in America, the Library of Congress mounted an extraordinary exhibition which closes in Washington DC this month. This beautiful and thought-provoking book accompanies that exhibition, but it stands on its own as an excellent compilation of essays by some of the greatest scholars of the American Jewish experience today. The book is edited by the distinguished Head of the Hebraic Section at the Library of Congress, Michael Grunberger. Notable essays include those which focus on the challenges and opportunities of living in a free society, and the stories of diverse groups of Jewish immigrants over the centuries. This lovely "cocktail table" volume features magnificent illustrations from the vast American Judaica collection of the Library of Congress. This is an excellent choice for gift-giving at this time of year!
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