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Cosmopolitans: A Social and Cultural History of the Jews of the San Francisco Bay Area (S. Mark Taper Foundation Imprint in Jewish Studies)

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Levi Strauss, A.L. Gump, Yehudi Menuhin, Gertrude Stein, Adolph Sutro, Congresswoman Florence Prag Kahn--Jewish people have been so enmeshed in life in and around San Francisco that their story is a chronicle of the metropolis itself. Since the Gold Rush, Bay Area Jews have countered stereotypes, working as farmers and miners, boxers and mountaineers. They were Gold Rush pioneers, Gilded Age tycoons, and Progressive Era reformers. Told through an astonishing range of characters and events, Cosmopolitans illuminates many aspects of Jewish life in the area: the high profile of Jewish women, extraordinary achievements in the business world, the cultural creativity of the second generation, the bitter debate about the proper response to the Holocaust and Zionism, and much more. Focusing in rich detail on the first hundred years after the Gold Rush, the book also takes the story up to the present day, demonstrating how unusually strong affinities for the arts and for the struggle for social justice have characterized this community even as it has changed over time. Cosmopolitans, set in the uncommonly diverse Bay Area, is a truly unique chapter of the Jewish experience in America.

Synopsis:

"At last, the Jews of San Francisco Bay have a history worthy of their community's storied past. Engaging, well documented, and brimming with insights, Cosmopolitans captures the vibrancy, the distinctiveness, the highlights and the lowlights of San Francisco Jewry. This is Fred Rosenbaum's magnum opus, the product of more than three decades of research."—Jonathan D. Sarna, author of American Judaism: A History

"Many are surprised to learn that Northern California and the San Francisco Bay Area are epicenters of Jewish-American civilization. In point of fact, no single community has contributed comparably to the rise and development of this region—and no book tells this story better than Fred Rosenbaum's Cosmopolitans."—Kevin Starr, University of Southern California

About the Author

Fred Rosenbaum is the Founding Director of Lehrhaus Judaica, the largest school for adult Jewish education in the American West, and the author of Visions of Reform: Congregation Emanu-El and the jews of San Francisco, among other books. He has also taught modern Jewish history at the Graduate Theological Union, the University of San Francisco, and San Francisco State University. Rosenbaum is the award-winning author of seven books on Bay Area Jewish history and the Holocaust including most recently, with Eva Libitzky, Out on a Ledge: Enduring the Lodz Ghetto, Auschwitz, and Beyond.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations

Preface and Acknowledgments

1. Boomtown: Tumult and Triumph in Gold Rush San Francisco

2. Woven into the Fabric: The Confident Community of the Gilded Age

3. Rooted Cosmopolitans: The Cultural Creativity of the Second Generation

4. Eden on the Pacific: The Challenges to Judaism at the Turn of the Century

5. Healing California: Jewish Reformers and Revolutionaries in the Progressive Era

6. Trials: Firestorms and Corruption, Terrorism and World War

7. With a Yiddish Accent: East European Jewish Neighborhoods

8. Good Times: The Jewish Elite between the Wars

9. Both Sides of the Barricades: Jews and Class Conflict during the Depression

10. Cataclysms: Responses to the Holocaust and Zionism

Epilogue: Legacies of the First Century

Notes

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780520271302
Author:
Rosenbaum, Fred
Publisher:
University of California Press
Subject:
Sociology-Jewish Studies
Subject:
Religion Western-Jewish History
Subject:
Judaism - General
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20110731
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
38 b/w photographs
Pages:
464
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 1.63 in 25 oz

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"At last, the Jews of San Francisco Bay have a history worthy of their community's storied past. Engaging, well documented, and brimming with insights, Cosmopolitans captures the vibrancy, the distinctiveness, the highlights and the lowlights of San Francisco Jewry. This is Fred Rosenbaum's magnum opus, the product of more than three decades of research."—Jonathan D. Sarna, author of American Judaism: A History

"Many are surprised to learn that Northern California and the San Francisco Bay Area are epicenters of Jewish-American civilization. In point of fact, no single community has contributed comparably to the rise and development of this region—and no book tells this story better than Fred Rosenbaum's Cosmopolitans."—Kevin Starr, University of Southern California

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