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Featured Publication

Jewish Women in America: An Historical Encyclopedia

Edited by Paula E. Hyman and Deborah Dash Moore (New York: Routlege) 1997.

The American Jewish Historical Society presents one of the most important reference resources ever published on American women.

The two volume set contains over 800 biographies of Jewish American women who excelled in diverse fields such as music, politics, social activism, literature, art, the labor movement, science, medicine, film, religion, education and many others. Also included are 110 topical essays that contain histories on all the major Jewish women’s organizations.

Jewish Women in America: An Historical Encyclopedia brings to light the contribution made by Jewish American women  to American life and culture from the 17th century to the end of the twentieth. Organized alphabetically the two-volume set can be used to answer specific reference questions or read as an introduction to the history of Jewish Women in the United States.

Sponsored by the American Jewish Historical Society, the encyclopedia was edited by Paula E. Hyman and Deborah Dash Moore and published by Routlege in 1997.

Comments about Jewish Women in America: An Historical Encyclopedia:

“A marvelous compendium of knowledge and indispensable source of information on the lives, experiences and achievements of American Jewish women. No Jewish library—home of institutional should be without it.
Gail Twersky Reimer
Director, The Jewish Women’s Archive

“An important contribution to U.S. history, women’s history, Jewish history—and fascinating bedtime reading.”
Gloria Steinem

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