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The Evolution of an American Jewish Suburb, 1st Edition

By Bruce A Phillips


152 pages

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First published in 1990, Brookline: The Evolution of an American Jewish Suburb explores how Brookline became home to one of America’s most vibrant Jewish communities.

For over a century, Brookline, Massachusetts, was one of the oldest and most elite suburbs in America. By the end of the Second World War, its transformation into a distinctly Jewish suburb had begun. Through the use of sociological oral history, the book seeks to present the social world of Brookline Jews as they experienced it. Combined with a variety of documentary resources, such as newspapers and congregational "bulletins", it contextualises the accounts of the informants consulted to provide both factual and ethnographic validation and a detailed insight into the process by which this elite Yankee suburb became a core Jewish community.

Table of Contents

1: Jewish Migration from Boston to Brookline; 2: Occupational mobility and the move to Brookline; 3: Moving into and moving through Brookline; 4: Two Synagogues; 5: The Ohabei Shalom Brotherhood: A case study in acculturation; 6: Jews and Gentiles; 7: Brookline in the post war period

About the Author

Bruce A. Phillips is Professor of Sociology and Jewish Communal Service at Hebrew Union College Jewish Institute of Religion.

About the Series

Routledge Library Editions: Religion in America

Originally published between 1982 and 1993, the five volumes in this set explore religion in America through a variety of lenses, examining the development and role of religion within different areas of society.  

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
RELIGION / General
RELIGION / Judaism / General
RELIGION / Judaism / History
RELIGION / Religion, Politics & State