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2006 National Jewish Book Award, Modern Jewish Thought Long the object of curiosity, admiration, and gossip, rabbis' wives have rarely been viewed seriously as American Jewish religious and communal leaders. We know a great deal about the important role played by rabbis in building American Jewish life in this country, but not much about the role that their wives played. The Rabbi's Wife redresses that imbalance by highlighting the unique contributions of rebbetzins to the development of American Jewry. Tracing the careers of rebbetzins from the beginning of the twentieth century until the present, Shuly Rubin Schwartz chronicles the evolution of the role from a few individual rabbis' wives who emerged as leaders to a cohort who worked together on behalf of American Judaism. The Rabbi's Wife reveals the ways these women succeeded in both building crucial leadership roles for themselves and becoming an important force in shaping Jewish life in America.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780814740538
ISBN-10: 0814740537
Format: Paperback
(5817mm x 3887mm x 20mm)
Pages: 312
Imprint: New York University Press
Publisher: New York University Press
Publish Date: 1-Sep-2007
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Shuly Rubin Schwartz

Shuly Rubin Schwartz is the Irving Lehrman Research Associate Professor of American Jewish History and Dean of the Albert A. List College of Jewish Studies at The Jewish Theological Seminary, New York. She is the author of The Emergence of Jewish Scholarship in America: The Publication of the Jewish Encyclopedia.