Historical Reflections on 350 Years of American Jewish History


Publication Date: January 2004

Publisher: Central Conference of American Rabbis

Author(s): Gary Phillip Zola

Research Area: Culture and religion; Social conditions

Keywords: American Jews; Academic research

Type: Report

Coverage: United States


In CCAR Journal: A Reform Jewish Quarterly, Fall/2005 7-24. During the Fall 2005 the United States observed the 350th anniversary of Jewish communal life in North America. This milestone occasion challenges students of the American Jewish experience to reflect on the significance of this anniversary. What lessons can be drawn from the study of 350 years of Jewish life in America? What do these past 350 years teach us about the character of this nation?. This essay will touch upon broad motifs that exemplify the uniqueness of American Jewish experience.