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Raising Secular Jews: Yiddish Schools and Their Periodicals for American Children, 1917–1950 (Brandeis Series in American Jewish History, Culture, and Life) Hardcover – November 1, 2016
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"This assiduously researched study by Naomi Prawer Kadar, one of the most admired Yiddish teachers of her generation, reveals the literary and cultural richness of American Yiddishist organizations’ children’s periodicals. They distill visions of a new secular Jewish culture to its essence for their young readers. In addition, these remarkable publications demonstrate how Yiddish schools grappled with daunting subjects―even the Holocaust―and shared these challenges with the next generation of American Jews." (Jeffrey Shandler, author of Adventures in Yiddishland: Postvernacular Language and Culture)
"Naomi Kadar’s comprehensive study of the student periodicals of competing North American Yiddish school systems from 1917 through the mid 1950s raises crucial questions about the promise and limits of secular Jewish culture. Why, for example, did some of the most talented Yiddish writers, illustrators and editors of the twentieth century devote their energies to magazines for children? Dr. Kadar’s book is a compelling read and an indispensable source for anyone concerned with the past and future of Jewish education in America." (Aaron Lansky, President, Yiddish Book Center, and author of Outwitting History: The Amazing Adventures of a Man Who Rescued a Million Yiddish Books)