Beth S. Wenger is assistant professor of Jewish history at the University of Pennsylvania. She has been awarded research fellowships at Princeton University’s Center for the Study of American Religion and at the Center for Judaic Studies of the University of Pennsylvania. Her first book, New York Jews and the Great Depression: Uncertain Promise, was published by Yale University Press in 1996.
Eric L. Goldstein is a doctoral student in modern Jewish history at the University of Michigan. His dissertation explores how American racial categories helped shape Jewish identity in America from the late nineteenth century through World War II.
Dr. William Toll of Eugene, Oregon has recently published “Gender, Ethnicity and Jewish Settlement Work in the Urban West,” in An Inventory of Promises: Essays on American Jewish History in Honor of Moses Rischin, eds. Jeffrey S. Gurock and Marc Lee Raphael (Brooklyn, 1995), and “Permanent Settlement: Japanese Families in Portland in 1920,” Western Historical Quarterly (February, 1997).
Seth Korelitz is Director of The United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism, Michigan Region, and a Ph.D. candidate in Jewish history at Brandeis University. The essay which appears here received the American Jewish Historical Society’s Leo Wasserman Foundation Essay Prize in 1993.