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A History
Second Edition

Jonathan D. Sarna

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Jonathan D. Sarna’s award-winning American Judaism is now available in an updated and revised edition that summarizes recent scholarship and takes into account important historical, cultural, and political developments in American Judaism over the past fifteen years.
Praise for the first edition:
“Sarna . . . has written the first systematic, comprehensive, and coherent history of Judaism in America; one so well executed, it is likely to set the standard for the next fifty years.”—Jacob Neusner, Jerusalem Post
“A masterful overview.”—Jeffrey S. Gurock, American Historical Review
“This book is destined to be the new classic of American Jewish history.”—Norman H. Finkelstein, Jewish Book World
Winner of the 2004 National Jewish Book Award/Jewish Book of the Year

Jonathan D. Sarna is University Professor and Joseph H. and Belle R. Braun Professor of American Jewish History at Brandeis University and Chief Historian of the National Museum of American Jewish History.

American Judaism is a masterpiece, the product of decades of study and writing. . . . Indispensable.”—David Gelernter, Commentary

"When it was published fifteen years ago, American Judaism: A History became an instant classic. Now Jonathan Sarna elegantly and masterfully brings his story up to date. A new classic has arrived, a must-read for anyone interested in understanding American religions."—Pamela S. Nadell, author of America’s Jewish Women: A History from Colonial Times to Today

"American Judaism remains the 'gold-standard' in the field. The newly written conclusion to this edition constitutes an invaluable and insightful complement to the earlier edition. Jonathan Sarna is unquestionably magisterial!"—David Ellenson, Chancellor Emeritus, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion

"Jonathan Sarna's history sets a standard—for liveliness, comprehensiveness, interest and balance. This is the history of American Jews by our finest historian."—Rabbi David Wolpe, Sinai Temple

“Sarna is a gifted writer, extremely knowledgeable and thoughtful. The introduction is very valuable in placing different perspectives on the study of American Jewish history into context.”—Jeanne Abrams, University of Denver

American Judaism was a staple of Jewish Studies’ classrooms since the first edition appeared in 2004. The updated edition retains that important place in the field.”—Jonathan Ray, Georgetown University
ISBN: 9780300190397
Publication Date: June 25, 2019
560 pages, 6 1/8 x 9 1/4
41 b/w illus.