The Jews of Boston

Sarna, Jonathan D.
Smith, Ellen
Date published: 
June 2005

Published on the 350th anniversary of the first Jews to arrive in America, this comprehensive history of the Jews of Boston is now available in a revised and updated paperback edition. The stunning work combines illuminating essays by distinguished Jewish historians with 110 rare photographs to trace the community from its tentative beginnings in colonial Boston through its emergence in the twentieth century as one of the most influential and successful Jewish communities in America. The volume also presents fascinating information about Boston’s synagogues and Jewish neighbourhoods as well as the evolution of Jewish culture in Boston and the United States.

Jonathan D. Sarna is the Joseph H. and Belle R. Braun Professor of American Jewish History at Brandeis University. His books include American Judaism: A History. Ellen Smith is curator at the American Jewish Historical Society. Thomas H. O’Connor is University Historian and Professor of History, Emeritus, at Boston College. He is the author of numerous books on Boston history, including Boston Catholics: A History of the Church and Its People and The Hub: Boston Past and Present.

Published in collaboration with the Combined Jewish Philanthropies of Boston