This valuable reference extensively documents the lives and careers of the most influential leaders of Reform Judaism in America. An essay on the history of Reform Judaism begins the work. The essay is followed by a biographical dictionary, which profiles the careers and achievements of the principal architects of reform, national organizational leaders, distinguished rabbis and academicians, outstanding cantors, lay volunteers, and women. Each entry closes with a bibliography of works by and about the person discussed. A series of essays review the history of particular organizations, and a set of appendices lists the principal figures affiliated with these associations. The volume concludes with an exhaustive bibliography of primary and secondary sources.
The first comprehensive comparative interpretation of Samuel Holdheim's radical Reform philosophy in the context of the intellectual, cultural, and political experience of mid-nineteenth century German Jewry, provided by leading international scholars in the field of Jewish intellectual history.