Prof. Eli Lederhendler

Eli Lederhendler, Department of Jewish History and Contemporary Jewry

Head of the School of History, Faculty of Humanities, Hebrew University

Stephen S. Wise Professor of American Jewish History and Institutions, the Avraham Harman Institute of Contemporary Jewry

My research has focused on the westward migrations of East European Jews in the 19th and 20th centuries and the social, economic, political, and cultural ramifications of immigration, modernization, and urbanization. My newest book, American Jewry: A New History, is currently in press and due to be published by Cambridge University Press next year. My broader research agenda includes Yiddish culture, social-class stratification, and ethnicity.

Selected Working Papers Related to Daat Hamakom:

Ayala Brandel, “Aleppo Jews in the United States” (Hebrew), graduate seminar paper submitted in 2013 in Prof. Lederhendler’s seminar on “Migrant and Ethnic Groups in American Jewry”, at the Avraham Harman Institute of Contemporary Jewry, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Department of Jewish History and Contemporary Jewry.

The text is currently available in Hebrew only. To download – click here


Selected Publications

  • The Road to Modern Jewish Politics: Political Tradition and Political Reconstruction in the Jewish Community of Tsarist Russia (New York: Oxford University Press, 1989)
  • Jewish Responses to Modernity: New Voices in America and Eastern Europe (New York: New York University Press, 1994)
  • New York Jews and the Decline of Urban Ethnicity, 1950-1970 (Syracuse: Syracuse University Press, 2001)
  • Jewish Immigrants and American Capitalism, 1880-1920: From Caste to Class (New York: Cambridge University Press: 2009)