This website is made possible by generous donations from users like you. $18 helps keep JWA online for one day. Please consider making a gift before our June 30 fiscal year end. Thank you!

Close [x]

Show [+]

Jenna Weissman Joselit

Jenna Weissman Joselit teaches American studies and modern Judaic studies at Princeton University. Her many publications include Our Gang: Jewish Crime and the New York Jewish Community; The Wonders of America: Reinventing Jewish Culture, 1880–1950, which received the National Jewish Book Award in History; Immigration and Religion and A Perfect Fit: Clothes, Character and the Promise of America. She is currently at work on a book about America’s fascination with the Ten Commandments.

Articles by this author

Vocational Training Schools in the United States

For nearly fifty years, vocational training schools enabled immigrant women and their single daughters to aspire to, and in many instances actually attain, a higher standard of living.

Modern Jewish Family in the United States

In some respects, little has changed since Esther Jane Ruskay took pen in hand over a century ago to celebrate the virtues of the Jewish family and to champion the intimate connection that exists between domesticity and Jewishness. Although attenuated, that intimate connection endures: flickering to life at a Passover seder or a bat mitzvah, Jewishness continues to rest in the family.

Leisure and Recreation in the United States

In the wake of the Civil War, one of the bloodiest wars in the nation’s history, Americans discovered pleasure. “Vacation” became a verb as well as a noun and, in some quarters, even a form of moral exhortation. A vacation, insisted reformer Melvil Dewey, is not just a luxury but a “necessity for those who aim to do a large amount of high-grade work.” Well-to-do, hardworking German-born Jews of the 1870s heeded Dewey’s words. Like other affluent Americans, they vacationed at Saratoga Springs, then one of the country’s premier watering holes, had enjoyed the bracing sea air of the New Jersey shore where luxuriously appointed hotels dotted the beach. “Fond of fun and frolic,” they spent their mornings and afternoons promenading on the boardwalks and boulevards of America’s resort towns; in the evenings they dined, danced, and gambled. America, they believed, was truly God’s playground.

How to cite this page

Jewish Women's Archive. "Jenna Weissman Joselit." (Viewed on December 11, 2019) <https://qa.jwa.org/encyclopedia/author/joselit-jenna>.

Donate

Help us elevate the voices of Jewish women.

donate now

Get JWA in your inbox