Synopses & Reviews
The first great modern migration of the Jewish people, from the Old World to America, has been often and expertly chronicled, but until now the second great wave of Jewish migration has been overlooked. After World War II, spurred by a postwar economic boom, American Jews sought new beginnings in the nation's South and West. There, they shaped a new, postwar style of American Judaism for the second half of the twentieth century. Today these sun-soaked, entrepreneurial communities contribute greatly to the American Jewish landscape. In this book, the vibrant Jewish culture of Los Angeles and Miami comes to life through Moore's skillful weaving of individual voices, dreams, and accomplishments.
Moore has told the riveting story of the creation of two new Jewish communities, which were among the first to struggle with mass assimilation, the great challenge facing American Jews today. Professor Moore's absorbing tale contains a past urgently relevant for the future of the American Jewish community as a whole. Howard M. Sachar, George Washington University
An engaging exploration of what has been an untold story. Eugene Patron
Attracted by palm trees, bungalows, and sunshine as much as by economic opportunity, Jews flocked to the South and West by the tens of thousands after World War II. Once there, they transformed the golden cities as much as the golden cities transformed them. This beautifully written, colorful, and important book is their story, and no one could have told it better than Deborah Dash Moore. Kenneth T. Jackson, author of < i=""> Crabgrass Frontier <>
A richly textured, splendidly readable account of the migration of one of America's most protean minorities. This is social history at its best, and with it Moore emerges as one of this nation's finest social historians. Foreword
individual voices, dreams, and accomplishments.
About the Author
Deborah Dash Moore is the Frederick G.L. Huetwell Professor of History at University of Michigan.
Table of Contents
Preface and Acknowledgments
1. On the Threshold
2. Entering Heaven
3. Permanent Tourists
4. Seeking Religious Roots
5. Spiritual Recreation
6. Politics in Paradise
7. Choosing Sides
8. Israel as Frontier