In a city with a long history of high social barriers and forbidding aristocratic preserves, Philadelphia Jews, in the last half of the twentieth century, became a force to reckon with in the cultural, political and economic life of the region. From the poor neighborhoods of original immigrant settlement, in South and West Philadelphia, Jews have made, as Murray Friedman recounts, the move from 'outsiders' to 'insiders' in Philadelphia life. Essays by a diverse range of contributors tell the story of this transformation in many spheres of life, both in and out of the Jewish community: from sports, politics, political alliances with other minority groups, to the significant debate between Zionists and anti-Zionists during and immediately after the war. In this new edition, Friedman takes the history of Philadelphia Jewish life to the close of the twentieth century, and looks back on how Jews have shaped and have been shaped by Philadelphia and its long immigrant history. Author note: Murray Friedman is Middle-Atlantic Regional Director of the American Jewish Committee and Director of the Myer and Rosaline Feinstein Center for American Jewish History at Temple University.
He is the author or editor of numerous books, including, most recently (with Albert D. Chernin), "A Second Exodus: The American Movement to Free Soviet Jews".
MURRAY FRIEDMAN is Middle-Atlantic Regional Director of the American Jewish Committee, and Director of the Myer and Rosaline Feinstein Center for American Jewish History at Temple University. He is the author or editor of numerous books, including, most recently (with Albert D. Chernin), A Second Exodus: The American Movement to Free Soviet Jews.
Foreword E. Digby Baltzell Acknowledgments Introduction to the New Edition: The Eighties to a New Century Murray Friedman and Andrew Harrison Introduction: From Outsiders to Insiders? Philadelphia Jewish Life, 1940-1985, Murray Friedman 1. Philadelphia Jewry, the Holocaust and the Birth of the Jewish State i. Philadelphia Jewry and the Holocaust Philip Rosen, Robert Tabak, and David Gross ii. Four Fateful Years: Philadelphia's Jews and the Creation of the State of Israel Philip Rosen 2. The Opposition to Zionism: The American Council for Judaism Under the Leadership of Rabbi Louis Wolsey and Lessing Rosenwald Thomas A. Kolsky 3. Philadelphia Jews and Radicalism: The American Jewish Congress Cleans House, Paul Lyons 4. From Periphery to Prominence: Jews in Philadelphia Politics, 1940-1985 Dennis Clark 5. An Ambivalent Alliance: Blacks and Jews in Philadelphia, 1940-1985 Murray Friedman and Carolyn Beck 6. Wynnefield: Story of a Changing Neighborhood David P. Varady 7. A Place to Live: The Jewish Builders of Northeast Philadelphia Peter Binzen 8. Home and Haven: Soviet Jewish Immigration to Philadelphia, 1972-1982 Nora Levin 9. Changing Styles of Synagogue Life: Conservative Judaism in Philadelphia Sidney H. Schwartz 10. A Generation of Learning: Jewish Education in Philadelphia, 1940-1980 Diane A. King, William B. Lakritz, and Saul P. Wachs 11. The Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia: A Quarter Century of Change Ernest M . Kahn 12. From A To "Zink": Philadelphia Jews in Sports Ron Avery 13. Jews and the Cultural Revival of Philadelphia Don Harrison Afterword: The Once and Future City-One Jewish Philadelphian's Odyssey Dan Rottenberg Notes About the Contributors Index