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Cosmopolitans: A Social and Cultural History of the Jews of by Fred Rosenbaum

By Fred Rosenbaum

Levi Strauss, A.L. Gump, Yehudi Menuhin, Gertrude Stein, Adolph Sutro, Congresswoman Florence Prag Kahn--Jewish humans were so enmeshed in lifestyles in and round San Francisco that their tale is a chronicle of the city itself. because the Gold Rush, Bay zone Jews have countered stereotypes, operating as farmers and miners, boxers and mountaineers. They have been Gold Rush pioneers, Gilded Age tycoons, and innovative period reformers. informed via an superb variety of characters and occasions, Cosmopolitans illuminates many elements of Jewish existence within the region: the excessive profile of Jewish girls, outstanding achievements within the company global, the cultural creativity of the second one iteration, the sour debate in regards to the right reaction to the Holocaust and Zionism, and masses extra. Focusing in wealthy element at the first hundred years after the Gold Rush, the e-book additionally takes the tale as much as the current day, demonstrating how strangely robust affinities for the humanities and for the fight for social justice have characterised this group whilst it has replaced over the years. Cosmopolitans, set within the uncommonly diversified Bay region, is a really special bankruptcy of the Jewish adventure in the United States.

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Even by mid-nineteenth-century standards, he was resistant to change when it came to the role of women. He abided the mixed classrooms and choir organized before his arrival, but women worshippers were still required to sit in the upstairs gallery of the new Broadway Synagogue. 93 Eckman’s temperament also clashed with his new surroundings. In a city of frenetic young men, his manner was calm and ascetic. 97 Shortly after his arrival he opened a supplementary Jewish school, the first on the Pacific Coast, which he headed for many years thereafter.

Prices rose and merchants who persevered were finally able to reap rewards. Business would turn down again eighteen months later, but the last two years of the momentous 1850s would usher in a long period of prosperity. Yet even during the most chaotic days of the Gold Rush there were businessmen and professionals who could see—“through the mud, stink, and immorality,”58 as one historian has put it—that San Francisco had the potential to be the leading commercial center in the American West. They linked their future to the new city and sought permanence and security in their unstable surroundings.

100 For all of his later accomplishments, Eckman remained bitter about his removal from Emanu-El as well as the lack of an offer from Sherith Israel or any of the local congregations formed later. ”101 Sherith Israel also engaged a full-time rabbi shortly after its first synagogue was completed. Rabbi Henry A. Henry, a Londoner probably of Prussian Polish ancestry, was brought from New York in September 1857. A large man with a long white beard, he strode through the streets in flowing black robes.

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