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Shuly Rubin Schwartz

Shuly Rubin Schwartz is the Irving Lehrman Research Associate Professor of American Jewish History and Dean of the Albert A. List College of Jewish Studies at The Jewish Theological Seminary. She received her B.A. from Barnard College and her M.A. and Ph.D. from The Jewish Theological Seminary. Author of The Emergence of Jewish Scholarship in America: The Publication of the Jewish Encyclopedia, Schwartz has just completed The Rabbi’s Wife: The Rebbetzin in American Jewish Life (forthcoming, 2005).

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