by Rachel Kranson

Her Worlds Praise Her: A History of Jewish Women in America from the Colonial Times to the Present

Ranging in scope from the first female Jewish settlers to New Amsterdam in1654 to the emergence of the contemporary Jewish feminist movement. Her Worlds Praise Her: A History of Jewish Women in America from the Colonial Times to the Present (Hasia Diner and Beryl Lieff Benderly, Basic Books, $35) is an ambitious, comprehensive chronicle of Jewish-American womens history. With this book. Diner and Benderly assert “that women have had a distinctive history apart from Jewish men.” After all, they point out, “No one had to debate whether Jewish men could become rabbis or cantors, or if it is permitted for them to ascend the bimah and read from the Torah.”

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