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Dr. Deborah Dash Moore

Deborah Dash Moore is Frederick G. L. Huetwell Professor of History at the University of Michigan and Director of the Jean and Samuel Frankel Center for Judaic Studies. She specializes in twentieth century American Jewish history.

She received her B.A. from Brandeis University and her doctorate from Columbia University in American and Jewish history. Among her awards is an honorary doctorate from the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College. Several of her books have won acclaim, including the Saul Viener Prize for the best book in American Jewish history (twice) and the National Jewish Book Award (twice). She appeared on the PBS Series, “The Jewish Americans” (2008), on which she served as an advisor.

Her first book, At Home in America: Second Generation New York Jews (1981), explores how the children of immigrants created an ethnic world that blended elements of Jewish and American culture into a vibrant urban society. To the Golden Cities: Pursuing the American Jewish Dream in Miami and
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(1994) follows those big city Jews who chose to move to new homes after World War II and examines the type of communities and politics that flourished in these rapidly growing centers. Her next book, GI Jews: How World War II Changed a Generation (2004), charts the lives of fifteen young Jewish men as they faced military service and tried to make sense of its demands while simultaneously wrestling with what it meant to be an American and a Jew.

Issues of leadership, authority and accomplishment have also engaged her attention, first in B'nai B'rith and the Challenge of Ethnic Leadership (1981) and then in the award-winning two-volume Jewish Women in America: An Historical Encyclopedia (1997), which she edited with Paula Hyman.

Her collaborations extend to the volume Cityscapes: A History of New York in Images, which was written with Howard Rock, and Divergent Jewish Cultures: Israel and America, which she edited with S. Ilan Troen. Both books appeared in 2001. Most recently, she co-edited with Marion Kaplan, Gender and Jewish History (2010), in honor of Paula Hyman.

In addition, she edited American Jewish Identity Politics (2008), which brings together incisive essays on recent issues that have engaged American Jews from Holocaust observances to religious innovation to feminism to intermarriage.

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