Read e-book online Birmingham's Rabbi: Morris Newfield and Alabama, 1895-1940 PDF

By Mark Cowett

ISBN-10: 0817350039

ISBN-13: 9780817350031

     American Jewish historical past has been criticized for its parochial nature since it has consisted principally of chronicles of yank Jewish lifestyles and has usually didn't discover the connection among Jews and different ethnic teams in America.

    Rabbi Morris Newfield led Temple Emanu-El in Birmingham from 1895-1940 and was once counted one of the so much influential spiritual and social leaders of that city. Cowett chronicles Newfield’s profession and makes use of it as a car to discover the character of ethnic management in America. In doing so he explores the conflicts with which Newfield struggled to assist Jews keep a feeling of non secular id in a predominately Southern Christian environment. Newfield’s occupation additionally portrays the fight of social welfare efforts in Alabama throughout the innovative Era. He well-known the necessity for Jews to improve bonds with different American ethnic groups. Cowett portrays him as a mediator among not just Jew and Christian but additionally black and white, exertions and capital, liberal and conservative—in brief, in the complete spectrum of political and social alternate in an industrial-based New south city.

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