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Celia J. Bergoffen received her PhD in art history from the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University, and currently teaches art history and archaeology at the Fashion Institute of Technology and the Cooper Union. She is also an independent contract archaeologist, preparing property histories and conducting excavations in the New York City area.

Sarah Phillips Casteel is Associate Professor in the Department of English and the Institute of African Studies at Carleton University. Her most recent book, Calypso Jews: Jewishness in the Caribbean Literary Imagination (Columbia University Press, 2016), won a Canadian Jewish Literary Award.

Jonathan L. Friedmann, PhD, is Professor of Jewish Music History at the Academy for Jewish Religion California, Extraordinary Associate Professor of Theology at North-West University (NWU), Potchefstroom, South Africa, and a Postdoctoral Fellow at NWU in Musical Arts in South Africa: Resources and Applications. He is the author or editor of over a dozen books, most recently Music in Our Lives: Why We Listen, How it Works (McFarland, 2015) and Jews, Music, and the American West: Portraits of Pioneers (Gaon Books, 2016).

Laura A. Leibman is Professor of English and Humanities at Reed College in Portland, Oregon. Her most recent book, Messianism, Secrecy, and Mysticism: A New Interpretation of Early American Jewish Life (Vallentine Mitchell, 2012), won a National Jewish Book Award and a Jordan Schnitzer Book Award, and was selected as one of Choice's Outstanding Academic Titles for 2013.

Sophia Lufkin is a third-year MDiv student at Harvard Divinity School, focusing on Jewish Studies and Pastoral Care and Counseling. She holds an MA in Decorative Arts, Design History, and Material Culture from the Bard Graduate Center (2014); and a BA in American Studies from Yale (2011).

Robert Rockaway is Professor Emeritus at TelAviv University. He is the author of The Jews of Detroit: From the Beginning, 1762-1914 (Wayne State University Press, 1986), Words of the Uprooted: Jewish Immigrants in Early 20th Century America (Cornell University Press, 1998), and But He Was Good to His Mother: The Lives and Crimes of Jewish Gangsters (Gefen, 2000).

Barry L. Stiefel is Associate Professor at the College of Charleston, where he is a member of the Department of Art and Architectural History, the Historic Preservation & Community Planning Program, and the joint Graduate Program in Historic Preservation with Clemson University. He is the author of Jews and the Renaissance of Synagogue Architecture, 1450-1730 (Pickering & Chatto Publishers, 2014), Jewish Sanctuary in the Atlantic World: A Social and Architectural History (University of South Carolina Press, 2014), and several edited volumes. [End Page v]

Benjamin Steiner is a second-year PhD student in the Near Eastern and Judaic Studies department at Brandeis University. His research interests include the history of the Conservative Movement and the evolution of the ketubah as a window into cultural change. Steiner previously completed his undergraduate studies at UCLA and received an MA at the Jewish Theological Seminary in Jewish Gender and Women's Studies.


Yael Aronoff is Director of Jewish Studies and the Michael and Elaine Serling and Friend Chair in Israel Studies at Michigan State University. She is the author of The Political Psychology of Israeli Prime Ministers: When Hard Liners Opt for Peace (2014).

Leonard Dinnerstein, Professor Emeritus, University of Arizona, is the author of The Leo Frank Case (1968), America and the Survivors of the Holocaust (1982), and Antisemitism in America (1994), which won the National Jewish Book Award in History.

Adam S. Ferziger holds the S.R. Hirsch Chair for Research of the Torah with Derekh Erez Movement in the Israel and Golda Koschitzky Department of Jewish History and Contemporary Jewry at Bar-Ilan University http://jewish-history. His most recent book, Beyond Sectarianism: The Realignment of American Orthodox Judaism, won a 2015 National Jewish Book Award.

Geraldine Gudefin is a doctoral candidate in history at Brandeis University. She is writing a dissertation on the effects of civil marital institutions on Jewish immigrants in France and the United States in the early twentieth century.

Ted Merwin is Associate Professor of Religion and Judaic Studies at Dickinson College. His most recent book, Pastrami on Rye: An Overstuffed History of the Jewish Deli...