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Jonathan D. Sarna
Schusterman Center for Israel Studies 307
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Professor Sarna's articles are organized topically and then chronologically within these categories.

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American Jewish Culture and Scholarship


“My Life in American Jewish History.” In Conversations with Colleagues: On Becoming an American Jewish Historian, ed. Feffrey S. Gurock. 161-187. Boston: Academic Studies Press, 2018.
“The Forgetting of Cora Wilburn.” In Studies in American Jewish Literature. 73-87. 37:1, 2018.
“Jewish Women Without Money: The Case of Cora Wilburn (1824-1906). 23-37. Nashim #32, 2018.

"The Forgetting of Cora Wilburn - Historical Amnesia and The Cambridge History of Jewish American Literature." In Studies in American Jewish Literature. 73-87. 37:1, 2018.

"Leonard Bernstein and the Music of Boston's Congregation Mishkan Tefila." In Brandeis University's State of the Arts. 22-23. Waltham, Mass.: Brandeis University, Winter-Spring 2018. 


"The Bible and Judaism in America." In "The Oxford Handbook of the Bible in America," ed. Paul C. Gutjahr. 505-516. New York: Oxford University Press, 2017.

”Louisa B. Hart: An Orthodox Jewish Woman's Voice from the Civil War Era.” In "You Arose, A Mother in Israel: A Festschrift in Honor of Blu Greenberg," ed. Devorah Zlochower. 95-102. New York: Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance, 2017.


"American Jews and the Flag of Israel." Waltham, Mass.: Brandeis University, December 13, 2016.

"Subversive Jews and American Culture: Notes on the Leonard Milberg Collection of Early American Judaica." In "By Dawn's Early Light," eds. Adam D. Mendelsohn, Shari Rabin, and Heather S. Nathans. 189-204. Princeton: Princeton University Library, 2016.


"The Touro Monument Controversy: Aniconism vs. Anti-Idolatry in a Mid-Nineteenth-Century American Jewish Religious Dispute." In "Between Jewish Tradition and Modernity: Rethinking an Old Opposition, Essays in Honor of David Ellenson," eds. Michael A. Meyer and David N. Myers. 80-95. Detroit: Wayne State University Press, 2014.

"The Jewish Bible in America." In "The Jewish Study Bible: Second Edition," eds. Adele Berlin and Marc Zvi Brettler, 2081-2085. New York: Oxford University Press, 2014.

"Marking Time: Notes from the Arnold and Deanne Kaplan Collection of Early American Judaica on How Nineteenth-Century American Jews Lived Their Religion." In "Constellations of Atlantic Jewish History, 1555-1890. The Arnold and Deanne Kaplan Collection of Early American Judaica," ed. Arthur Kiron, 49-62. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Libraries, 2014.


"'To Quicken the Religious Consciousness of Israel', The NFTS National Committee on Religion, 1913-1933." In "Sisterhood, A Centennial History of Women of Reform Judaism," eds. Carole B. Balin, Dan Herman, Jonathan D. Sarna, and Gary P. Zola, 49-71. Cincinnati: Hebrew Union College Press, 2013.

"Jews and the Civil War." In "Passages Through the Fire, Jews and the Civil War," 9-29. New York: American Jewish Historical Society, Yeshiva University Museum, 2013.

“Lewis Feuer and the Study of American Jewish History,” In Social Science and Modern Society 50, 4 (July/August 2013): 352-55.


"George Washington's Correspondence with the Jews of Newport." In "To Bigotry No Sanction: George Washington and Religious Freedom," 17-24. Philadelphia: National Museum of American Jewish History, 2012.


“Ethnicity and Beyond,” In "Ethnicity and Beyond: Theories and Dilemmas of Jewish Group Demarcation," ed. Eli Lederhendler, Studies in Contemporary Jewry 25, 108-112. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011.

“A Writ of Release from Levirate Marriage (Shtar Halitzah) in 1807 Charleston.” With Dvorah E. Weisberg in American Jewish Archives 53:1 (2011): 38-55.


"American Jewish History: Retrospect and Prospect." In "Pan Guang, Wang Shuming, and Luo Ailing," eds. The Jews in America: Development and Influence of a Successful Community, 3-14. Beijing: Shishi Publishing House [in Chinese], 2010.

“The Democratization of American Judaism.” In "New Essays in American Jewish History," eds. Pamela S. Nadell, Jonathan D. Sarna and Lance J. Sussman, 95-108. Cincinnati: American Jewish Archives of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, 2010.


“Leonard Bernstein and the Boston Jewish Community of His Youth: The Influence of Solomon Braslavsky, Herman Rubenovitz, and Congregation Mishkan Tefila,” Journal of the Society for American Music 3 (2009): 35-46.

“America As It Ought to Be: The Conflict Between Jewish Rhetoric and American Realities.” In "Ideology and Rhetoric: Constructing America," ed. Bozenna Chylinska, 231-240. Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2009.

“The Halakha According to B’nai B’rith.” In "Rav Chesed: Essays in Honor of Rabbi Dr. Haskel Lookstein," ed. Raphael Medoff, 165-182. Jersey City, New Jersey: Ktav Publishing House, 2009.

“Two Ambitious Goals: Jewish Publishing in the United States.” In "A History of the Book in America, Volume 4, Print in Motion: The Expansion of Publishing and Reading in the United States 1880-1940," eds. Carl F. Kaestle and Janice A. Radway, 376-391. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2009.


“Two Jewish Lawyers Named Louis.” In American Jewish History 94 (March-June 2008): 1-19.

“The Mystical World of Colonial American Jews.” In "Mediating Modernity: Essays in Honor of Michael A. Meyer," eds. Lauren B. Strauss and Michael Brenner, 185-194. Detroit: Wayne State University Press, 2008.


“The Rise, Fall, and Rebirth of Secular Judaism.” In Contemplate: The International Journal of Cultural Thought 4 (2007): 3-13.

“A Long Voyage to the New World: The First Jewish Settlement in North America.” In Humanities 28 (March/April 2007): 37-39.


“Port Jews in the Atlantic: Further Thoughts.” In Jewish History 20 (2006): 213-219.

“The Crucial Decade in Jewish Camping.” In "A Place of Our Own: The Rise of Reform Jewish Camping," eds. M. M. Lorge and G. P. Zola,  27-51. Tuscaloosa: University of Alabama Press, 2006.


“An Eighteenth Century Hebrew Lu’ah from Pennsylvania.” In American Jewish Archives 57 (2005): 25-27.

"How Matzah Became Square: Manischewitz and the Development of Machine-Made Matzah in the United States." Victor J. Selmanowitz Lecture, Touro College, 2005.

“Jewish Prayers for the United States Government: A Study in the Liturgy of Politics and the Politics of Liturgy.” In "Moral Problems in American History: Essays in Honor of David Brion Davis, 200-221. Ithaca: Cornell University Press; reprinted in slightly different form in "Liturgy in the Life of the Synagogue: Studies in the History of Jewish Prayer," eds. Ruth Langer and Steven Fine, 205-224. Winona Lake, Indiana: Eisenbrauns, 2005.

“Jacob I. Cohen and the 350th Anniversary of American Jewish Life.” In Generations 11 (May 2005): 1, 3, 8, 14.


“The 350th Anniversary of American Jewish Life.” In AJS Perspectives (Fall/Winter 2004): 22-24.

“American Jewish History: A Chance to Reflect.” In The Chronicle of Higher Education, October 1, 2004: B9-B10

“American Judaism,” In "From Haven to Home: 350 Years of Jewish Life in America," ed. Michael W. Grunberger 129-145. Washington, D.C.: Library of Congress, 2004.

“From Destruction to Rebirth: The Holocaust and Israel in American Judaism.” In Aufbau 70 (February 26, 2004): 22-23


“Jewish Culture Comes to America,” In Jewish Studies 42 (2003-2004): 45-57.

“Why Study American Jewish History?” Torah at the Center, UAHC Department of Lifelong Jewish Learning, 7 (Fall 2003): 2-4.

“The Question of Music in American Judaism: Reflections at 350 Years.” In American Jewish History 91 (July 2003): 195-203.

“Aharon Kotler.” In Conservative Judaism 55 (Summer 2003): 60-62.

"American Judaism in Historical Perspective." A David W. Belin Lecture in American Jewish Affairs. Ann Arbor Jean and Samuel Frankel Center for Judaic Studies, The University of Michigan 2003.

“Historical Memory and Jewish Identity: 350 Years of American Jewish History: What Do They Mean?” In "Celebrating 350 Years of American Jewish Life," 4-9. New York: American Jewish Committee, 2003.

“The Goals and Meaning of the 350th Anniversary Commemoration of American Jewish History.” A keynote address presented in "Proceedings: Celebrate 350 Inaugural National Planning Conference," 23-27. New York: 2003.


“Achavah and History: Reflections on the Historical Emphases of Moshe Davis.” In "America and Zion: Essays and Papers in Memory of Moshe Davis," eds. Eli Lederhendler and Jonathan D. Sarna, 23-31. Detroit: Wayne State University Press, 2002.


“The Jews of Boston.” In Reform Judaism, Fall 2001.

“Colonial Judaism.” In "Myer Myers: Jewish Silversmith in Colonial New York," David L. Barquist with essays by Jon Butler and Jonathan D. Sarna, 8-23. New Haven: Yale University Art Gallery in Association with Yale University Press, 2001.

“The Jews in British America.” In "The Jews and the Expansion of Europe to the West, 1450-1800," eds. Paolo Bernardini and Norman Fiering, 519-531. New York: Berghahn Books, 2001.


“Response: The Question of Shlilat Ha-Galut in American Zionism.” In "Beyond Survival and Philanthropy: American Jewry and Israel," eds. A. Gal and A. Gottschalk, 59-63. Cincinnati: Hebrew Union College Press, 2000.

“The Twentieth Century Through American Jewish Eyes: A History of the American Jewish Year Book, 1899-1999.” With Jonathan Golden in "American Jewish Year Book 100," eds. David Singer and Lawrence Grossman, 3-1003. New York: The American Jewish Committee, 2000.


“American Jewish Political Conservatism in Historical Perspective.” In American Jewish History 87 (June-September 1999): 113-122.

“The American Jewish Experience in the 20th Century: Antisemitism and Assimilation.” With Jonathan Golden. Online Publication. (National Humanities Center, 1999).

“The American Jewish Experience through the Nineteenth Century: Immigration and Acculturation,” with Jonathan Golden. National Humanities Center, 1999.

“The Cult of Synthesis in American Jewish Culture.” In Jewish Social Studies n.s. 5 (Fall 1998/Winter 1999): 52-79.


“A Forgotten 19th Century Prayer for the U.S.Government: Its Meaning, Significance and Surprising Author.” In "Hesed Ve-Emet: Studies in Honor of Ernest S. Frerichs," eds. J. Magness and S. Gitin, 431-440. Athens, Ga.: Scholars Press, 1998.

“Converts to Zionism in American Reform Judaism.” In "Zionism and Religion," eds. S. Almog, Jehuda Reinharz and Anita Shapira, 188-203. Hanover, NH: UPNE, 1998; Hebrew edition, 223-243, Merkaz Shazar, 1994.

“The Revolution in the American Synagogue.” In "Creating American Jews," ed. Karen S. Mittelman, 10-23. (National Museum of American Jewish History/UPNE: 1998.


“Two Traditions of Seminary Scholarship.” In "Tradition Renewed: A History of the Jewish Theological Seminary," ed. Jack Wertheimer, 54-80. New York: Jewish Theological Seminary, 1997.

"A Great Awakening: The Transformation That Shaped Twentieth Century American Judaism and its Implications for Today." New York: Council for Initiatives in Jewish Education, 1995; reprinted in slightly different form as “The Late Nineteenth-Century American Jewish Awakening,” in "Religious Diversity and American Religious History: Studies in Traditions and Cultures," eds. Walter H. Conser Jr. and Sumner B. Twiss, 1-25. Athens: University of Georgia Press, 1997.


“A Projection of America As It Ought to Be: Zion in the Mind’s Eye of American Jews.” In "Envisioning Israel: The Changing Ideals and Images of North American Jews," ed. Allon Gal, 41-59. Jerusalem and Detroit: Magnes Press and Wayne State University Press, 1996.

“From Antoinette Brown Blackwell to Sally Priesand: An Historical Perspective on the Emergence of Women in the American Rabbinate.” In "Women Rabbis: Exploration and Celebration," ed. Gary P. Zola, 43-53. Cincinnati: American Jewish Archives, 1996.

"The American Jewish Community’s Crisis of Confidence." World Jewish Congress, 1996.

"Columbus and the Jews." In Commentary, 94:5 (November 1992): 38-41. Revised and expanded in “The Mythical Jewish Columbus and the History of America’s Jews,” in "Religion in the Age of Exploration," eds. Bryan F. Le Beau and Menahem Mor, 81-95. Omaha, Nebraska: Creighton University Press, 1996.


"The History of the Jewish Press in North America." 1994 Alexander Brin Forum, Brandeis University, 2-7. The North American Jewish Press, 1995. Reprinted in revised form in Metro-West Jewish News 50th Anniversary Edition (January 24, 1997): 60-66.

“What’s the Use of Local Jewish History?” Rhode Island Jewish Historical Notes 12 (November 1995): 77-83.

“Fitting American Jewish History into Modern Jewish History.” Center for American Jewish History Newsletter 1:2 (September 1995): 1, 4.

“Judaica Americana.” In American Jewish History 83 (1995): 287-318.

“Promised Land and Golden Land.” In "American Jewish-Israeli Relations: Two Perspectives," 7-11. Boston: American Jewish Committee, 1995.

"The Jews of Boston in Historical Perspective." in "The Jews of Boston," eds. Jonathan D. Sarna and Ellen Smith, 3-19. Boston: Combined Jewish Philanthropies of Greater Boston, 1995.


"Judaica Americana." In American Jewish History 82 (1994): 295-328.

"Nathan Kaganoff's Legacy." In American Jewish History 81 (1994): 432-434.

"The Greatest Jew in the World Since Jesus Christ: The Jewish Legacy of Louis D. Brandeis." In American Jewish History 81 (1994): 346-364.

"Forum: American Civil Religion Revisited." In Religion and American Culture 4 (Winter 1994): 19-23.


"Jewish Scholarship and American Jewish Continuity." In "Toward An American Jewish Culture: New Perspectives on Jewish Continuity," 4-5. New York: National Foundation for Jewish Culture, 1993.

"The Making of an American Jewish Culture." In "When Philadelphia Was The Capital of Jewish America," ed. M. Friedman, 145-155. Plainsboro, New Jersey: Associated University Presses, 1993.


"Louis D. Brandeis: Zionist Leader." In Brandeis Review II (Winter 1992):22-27.

"Preserving Our Past, Our Future Depends on It." In Rocky Mountain Chai Lites 28 (June 1992): 2-5.

"Marshall Sklare (1921-1992)." In Necrology, reprinted from Proceedings of the American Academy for Jewish Research Vol. LVIII 1992: 33-35.

"Reading Jewish Books: The American Jewish Experience." In "The Schocken Guide to Books," ed. B. Holtz, 108-127. New York City: Schocken, 1992.

"What is American About the Constitutional Documents of American Jewry? An Historical Approach." In "A Double Bond: The Constitutional Documents of American Jewry," eds. Daniel J. Elazar, Jonathan D. Sarna, and Rela G. Monson: 57-72. New York: University Pres of America, 1992.


"From Synagogue-Community to Community of Synagogues: A Turning Point in American Jewish History." Braun Chair Inaugural Lecture, Brandeis University, October 1990.

"American Jewish History." In Modern Judaism 10, 343 (1990): 343-365.


"In Search of 'Authentic' Anglo-Jewish Poetry: The Debate Over A.M. Klein's Poems (1944)." In "From Ancient Israel to Modern Judaism: Essays in Honor of Marvin Fox," vol. 4, ed. J. Neusner: 125-136. Atlanta, Ga.: Scholars Press, 1989.

"Jews in the Colonial and Early National Periods." In "The American Jewish Experience": 17-21. National Museum of American Jewish History, 1989.


"A Sort of Paradise for the Hebrews: The Lofty Vision of Cincinnati Jews." In "Ethnic Diversity and Civic Identity," eds. Henry D. Shapiro and Jonathan D. Sarna, 131-164. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1992. (Reprinted in abridged form in American Israelite, July 7, 1988.)

"Jewish Bible Scholarship and Translations in the United States." With Nahum M. Sarna in "The Bible and Bibles in America," ed. E.S. Frerichs, 83-116.  Atlanta, Ga.: Society of Biblical Literature and Scholars Press, 1988.


"The Jewish Publication Society 1888-1988." Jewish Book Annual 45 (1987-88): 42-53.


"Comment." In "The American Jewish Community: Social Science Research and Policy Implications," ed. Calvin Goldscheider, 109-113. Atlanta, Ga: Scholars Press, 1986.

"Comment: The Meaning of the Holy Land in American Religious Life and Thought." In "With Eyes Toward Zion II," ed. Moshe Davis, 346-349. New York: Praeger, 1986.

"The 'Mythical Jew' and the 'Jew Next Door' in Nineteenth Century America." In "Anti-Semitism in American History," ed. David Gerber, 57-78. Urbana, Ill.: University of Illinois Press, 1986.


"What Is the Use of American Jewish Community History?" In Indiana Jewish History 18 (June 1984): 8-17.

"Arthur A. Chiel." In American Jewish History 73 (March 1984).


“Cancel the Rabbi’s Lecture!” In Brotherhood 17: 3 (1983).

Sixty-six contributions to "Guide to America-Holy Land Studies," volume one, edited by Nathan M. Kaganoff, New York, Arno, 1980; 26 contributions to volume two, edited by Nathan M. Kaganoff, New York, Praeger, 1982; 15 contributions to volume three, edited by Nathan M. Kaganoff, New York, Praeger, 1983.


"The Great American Jewish Awakening." In Midstream 28 (October 1982): 30-34; reprinted in Gesher (Spring, 1984).

"Rabbi Adolph Moses's Dream." In Journal of Reform Judaism 29 (Fall 1982): 57-63.


"How to Write the History of Your Community." Present Tense, 8:2 (Winter 1981): 6-8.

"The Impact of the American Revolution on the American Jew." In Dix-Huitieme Siecle, 13 (1981); Modern Judaism 1 (1981): 149-160.


"The Myth of the Jewish President." In Sh'ma 10/198 (October 3, 1980): 143-44; reprinted in Jewish Digest, 26 (February 1981).

"The Roots of Ararat." In American Jewish Archives, 32 (April 1980): 52-58.

"Hebrew Poetry in Early America." In American Jewish History, 69 (March 1980): 364-377.


"American Anti-Semitism." In "History and Hate," ed. David Berger: 115-128. Philadelphia: JPS, 1986.

"Fighting Intellectual Anti-Semitism." In Present Tense 9:3 (Spring 1982).

"The Pork on the Fork: A Nineteenth Century Anti-Jewish Ditty." In Jewish Social Studies 44 (Spring 1982): 169-172.

Canadian Jewish History


"'Our Distant Brethren:' Alexander Harkavy on Montreal Jews-1888." Canadian Jewish Historical Society Journal (Fall 1983), 59-73.


"Chapters From My Life." Edited and translated by Alexander Harkavy, American Jewish Archives 33 (April 1981); reprinted in "The East European Jewish Experience in America," ed. Uri D. Herscher, 52-73. Cincinnati: American Jewish Archives, 1983.

"The Value of Canadian Jewish History to the American Jewish Historian and Vice-Versa." Canadian Jewish Historical Society Journal, 5 (Spring 1981): 17-22.


"The Canadian Connections of an American Jew." Canadian Jewish Historical Society Journal 3 (Fall 1979): 117-129.


"Jewish Immigrants to North America: The Canadian Experience (1870-1900)." The Jewish Journal of Sociology, 18 (June 1976): 31-41.

Christian Jewish Relations


“Christians and Non-Christians in the Marketplace of American Religion.” In "American Christianities: A History of Dominance and Diversity," eds. Catherine Brekus and W. Clark Gilpin. 119-132. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2011.


“Church-State Dilemmas of American Jews.” In "Jews and the American Public Square," eds. Alan Mittleman, Jonathan D. Sarna, and Robert Licht, 47-68. Lanham, Maryland: Rowman & Littlefield, 2002.


"Is Judaism Compatible with American Civil Religion? The Problem of Christmas and the 'National Faith'." In "Religion and the Life of the Nation," ed. Rowland A Sherrill, 154-173. Urbana, Ill: University of Illinois Press, 1990.


"American Jews and Church-State Relations: The Search for 'Equal Footing'." Pamphlet, American Jewish Committee, 1989.


"Christian America or Secular America? The Church-State Dilemma of American Jews." In "Jews in Unsecular America," ed. Richard J. Neuhaus. Grand Rapids, 1987; reprinted in Gesher 33 (Summer 1987): 96-105; and Jerusalem Newsletter, 21 June 1987.

"Jewish-Christian Hostility in the United States: Some Perceptions From a Jewish Point of View." In "Uncivil Religion," eds. R.D. Bellah and F.E. Greenspahn, 5-22. New York: Crossroad Press, 1987.

"The Impact of Nineteenth Century Christian Missions on American Jews." In "Jewish Apostacy in the Modern World," ed. T. Endelman, 232-254. New York/London: Holmes & Meier, 1987.


"American Christian Opposition to Missions to the Jews (1816-1900)." In Journal of Ecumenical Studies 23:2 (Spring 1986): 225-238.


"Jews, the Moral Majority, and American Tradition." In Journal of Reform Judaism 29 (Spring 1982): 1-8; reprinted in Jewish Digest 28 (October 1982).


"The American Jewish Response to Nineteenth Century Christian Missions." In Journal of American History, 68 (June 1981): 35-51.


"From Necessity to Virtue: The Hebrew-Christianity of Gideon R. Lederer." In ILIFF Review 37 (Winter 1980): 27-33.

"The Freethinker, the Jews, and the Missionaries: George Houston and the Mystery of Israel Vindicated." In AJS Review, 5 (1980): 101-114.

Contemporary Jewish Life


"Commentary on 'The Jewish Future'." In Commentary, November 2015: 62.

"Judaism." With Jonathan J. Golden in "The World Book Yearbook 2015, 238-239. Chicago: World Book/Scott Fetzer, 2015.


"Contemporary Reform Judaism: An Historical Analysis." In Hebrew in "Reform Judaism: Thought, Culture, and Sociology," ed. Avinoam Rosenak, 499-508. Jerusalem/Tel Aviv: Van Leer Jerusalem Institute/Hakibbutz Hameuchad Publishing House, 2014.

"From World-Wide People to First-World People: The Consolidation of World Jewry." In "Reconsidering Israel-Diaspora Relations," ed. Eliezer Ben-Rafael, et. al., 60-65. Leiden/Boston: Brill, 2014.


"America's Russian-Speaking Jews Come of Age." In "Toward a Comprehensive Policy Planning for Russian-Speaking Jews in North America," 2-27. Barbara and Jack Kay Center for Communal Life at the Jewish People Policy Institute, Summer 2013.

"The Jewish Vote in Presidential Elections" In Sh'ma 42/686 (January 2012): 3.


The Economic Downturn and the Future of Jewish Communities."  In JPR/Policy Debate. London: Institute for Jewish Policy Research, September 2009.

“The American Jewish Community in Crisis & Transformation.” In Contact Volume 11 Number 3, Summer 2009, 5-6. New York: The Steinhardt Foundation for Jewish Life, 2009.

“Lessons of Depression May Be Relevant Today.” In The Jewish Journal, March 4, 2009.


“Intermarriage in America: The Jewish Experience in Historical Context.” In "Ambivalent Jew: Charles Liebman in Memoriam," eds. Stuart Cohen and Bernard Susser, 125-133. New York: Jewish Theological Seminary, 2007.


"The Crucial Decade in Jewish Camping." In "A Place of Our Own: The Rise of Reform Jewish Camping," eds. Michael M. Lorge and Gary P. Zola, 28-51. Tuscaloosa, Al.: The Univeristy of Alabama Press, 2006.

“Leon A. Jick (1924-2005).” In American Jewish History 92 (June 2004): 225-229. [Appeared in 2006, notwithstanding the cover date.]


“Evolving American Judaism,” In Heritage, 20-23. Boston/New York: American Jewish Historical Society, May 2005.


“Concentration.” In Sh’ma 35/615 (November 2004): 2-3.


“American Jews in the New Millennium.” In "Religion and Immigration: Christian, Jewish and Muslim Experiences in the United States," eds. Y. Haddad et al., 117-127. Walnut Creek: AltaMira Press, 2003.


“What Will Jewish Community and Jewish Values Mean for the 21st Century.” In "Proceedings of the Rabbinical Assembly 62," 2002: 80-87.

“The Future of American Orthodoxy,” In Sh’ma 31 (February 2001): 1-3.


“The Future of Diaspora Zionism.” In "Proceedings of the Rabbinical Assembly 97th Annual Convention," [in Hebrew], 69-76. New York: Rabbinical Assembly, 1998; [in Hebrew], Gesher 43 (Winter, 1997-98): 38-44.


“Back to the Center: The Plain Meaning of ‘A Statement on Jewish Continuity’.” American Jewish Committee, 1997.

[Contribution to] "One Year Later: The Rabin Symposium." American Jewish Committee, 1997.

“Structural Challenges to Jewish Continuity.” In "American Jewry: Portrait and Prognosis," eds. David M. Gordis and Dorit P. Gray, 404-408. New York: Wilstein Institute/Behrman House, 1997; Gesher 40 (Summer 1994): 31-35 [in Hebrew].


[Contribution to] "The Condition of Jewish Peoplehood: A Symposium One Year After the Rabin Assassination." American Jewish Committee, 1996: 81-82.


“Dreaming the Future of the American Jewish Community.” In "At The Crossroads: Shaping Our Jewish Future," 81-82. Boston/New York: Combined Jewish Philanthropies/Wilstein Institute, 1995.

"Perched Between Continuity and Discontinuity: American Judaism at a Crossroads." In "Proceedings of the Rabbinical Assembly 56," 1995: 74-79.


"Listening to Eugene Borowitz." In Sh'ma 23/455 (May 28, 1993): 115-116.


"Interreligious Marriage in America." In "The Intermarriage Crisis: Jewish Communal Perspectives and Responses," 1-6. New York: American Jewish Committee, 1991.

"The American Synagogue Responds to Change." In Cincinnati Judaism Review II (Spring 1991): 89-94.


"Jewish Identity in the Changing World of American Religion." In "Jewish Identity in America," eds. David M. Gordis and Yoav Ben-Horin, 91-103. Los Angeles: University of Judaism, 1991; reprinted in Gesher 36 #122 (Winter 1990/91).

"Reform Jewish Leaders, Intermarriage and Conversion." Journal of Reform Judaism 37:1 (Winter 1990): 1-10.


"The Future of Cincinnati Jews." In "American Judaism Present and Future," ed. Benny Kraut (1989), 48-52.


"Mission to the Soviet Union, March 20-March 27, 1986." With Benny Kraut, 1986.


"The Immigration Clause that Transformed Orthodox Judaism in the United States." With Zev Eleff. In American Jewish History, Volume 101, Number 3 (July 2017): 357-376. Johns Hopkins University Press.

"The Myth of No Return: Jewish Return Migration to Eastern Europe, 1881-1914." In American Jewish History 71 (December 1981): 256-68; reprinted in "Labor Migration in the Atlantic Economies," ed. Dirk Hoerder. Westport, Ct., Greenwood Press, 1985.

"From Immigrants to Ethnics: Toward a New Theory of 'Ethnicization'." Ethnicity, 5 (1978): 370-78.

Jewish Education


“The Cyclical History of Adult Jewish Learning in the United States: Peers’ Law and it Implications.” In "Educational Deliberations: Studies in Education Dedicated to Shlomo (Seymour) Fox," eds. Mordecai Nisan and Oded Schremer, 207-222. Jerusalem: Keter & Mandel, 2005.


“Comment: The American Jewish Committee Statement on Jewish Education.” American Jewish Committee, 2001.


“American Jewish Education in Historical Perspective.” Journal of Jewish Education 64 :1-2 (Winter-Spring, 1998): 8-21.

“The Jewish Experience in American Public and Private Education.” In "Vouchers for School Choice: Challenge or Opportunity?" eds. Marshall J. Breger and David M. Gordis, 131-136. Los Angeles/Washington, D.C.: Wilstein Institute and Catholic University of America: 1998.


“Why Study American Jewish History?” In "Moving Beyond Haym Salomon: The Teaching of American Jewish History to 20th Century Jews," 39-44. Philadelphia: Feinstein Center for American Jewish History and the American Jewish Committee, 1996.


"Towards a New Approach to the Teaching of American Jewish History." In The Principal 31:5 (May/June 1986): 3-6.


"Jewish Education in New York, 1887." In Tradition 19 (Fall 1981).

Jewish Leadership


"America's Most Memorable Zionist Leaders." In "The Individual In History: Essays in Honor of Jehuda Reinharz," eds. ChaeRan Y. Freeze, Sylvia Fuks Fried, and Eugene R. Sheppard, 129-142. Waltham, Mass.: Brandeis University Press, 2015. 


"The Spectrum of Jewish Leadership in Ante-Bellum America." Journal of American Ethnic History 1 (Spring 1982); 59-67. 2nd ed. The Wexner Heritage Foundation Leadership Library 1 (February 1999); 1-13.


"The Road to Jewish Leadership." In "Expectations, Education and Experience of Jewish Professional Leaders: Report of the Wexner Foundation Research Project on Contemporary Jewish Professional Leadership," edited by Charles Liebman, 31-60. Waltham, Mass. and Ramat Gan, Israel: Cohen Center for Modern Jewish Studies and Argov Center for the Study fo Israel and the Jewish People.


"Cyrus Adler and the Development of American Jewish Culture: The 'Scholar-Doer' as a Jewish Communal Leader." American Jewish History 78:3 (March 1989): 382-94.


"The Greatest American Jewish Leaders." American Jewish History 169 (December 1988): 193-95.



"'The Last Years Were the Most Difficult' - A First-Person Account of a Mission to the Soviet Union in March 1986." In "Black Fire on White Fire: Essays in Honor of Rabbi Avi Weiss," edited by Daniel R. Goodman, 131-140. Brooklyn, New York: KTAV Publishing House.

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Synagogue History


"The Evolution of the American Synagogue." In "The Americanization of the Jews," eds. Norman J. Cohen and Robert M. Seltzer, 215-229. New York: NYU Press.


"From Synagogue-Community to Citadel of Reform: Phases in the History of K.K. Bene Israel (Rockdale Temple) in Cincinnati, Ohio." With Karla Goldman in "American Congregations," eds. J.P. Lewis and J. Wind, 159-220. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.


"Seating and the American Synagogue." In "Belief and Behavior: Essays in the New Religious History," eds. Philip Vandermeer and Robert P. Swierenga, 189-206. New Brunswick, New Jersey: Rutgers University Press.


"The Debate Over Mixed Seating in the American Synagogue." In "The American Synagogue," ed. Jack Wertheimer, 363-394. New York: Cambridge University Press.


"Innovation and Consolidation: Phases in the History of Temple Mishkan Israel." In "Jews in New Haven III," eds. Barry E Herman and Werner S. Hirsch. New Haven, Conn.: The Jewish Historical Society of New Haven.