Keren R. McGinity is currently pursuing a Ph.D. with a major field in American Women’s History at Brown University, and she earned a Master of Liberal Arts degree from Harvard in 1997. Her essay is adapted from a paper that she presented at the Third Biennial Scholars’ Conference on American Jewish History last June.
Ellen Eisenberg is an Associate Professor of History at Willamette University in Salem, Oregon. She is the author of Jewish Agricultural Colonies in New Jersey, 1882–1920.
Rafael Medoff is Visiting Scholar in the Jewish Studies Program at Purchase College, the State University of New York. His most recent book is Zionism and the Arabs: An American Jewish Dilemma, 1898–1948 (Praeger, 1997).
George M. Goodwin, the archivist of Temple Beth-El in Providence, Rhode Island, has conducted oral history interviews with many leading architects. He recently completed a study of Graham Gund’s new synagogue, Young Israel of Brookline, Massachusetts.
Aviva F. Taubenfeld is a doctoral candidate in English at Columbia University. She is the recipient of a Mellon Fellowship in Humanistic Studies and the author of “‘Only an L’: Linguistic Borders and the Immigrant Author in Abraham Cahan’s Yekl and Yankel der Yankee” in Multilingual America, (Ed. Werner Sollors, NYU Press, 1998).