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Frederick E. Greenspahn

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780814732182

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814732182.001.0001

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How Central European Jewish Women Confronted Modernity

How Central European Jewish Women Confronted Modernity

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Women and Judaism

Harriet Pass Freidenreich

NYU Press

This chapter examines the lives of Jewish women in Central Europe during the first decades of the 20th century. In the transition from traditional Jewish society to modernity, Orthodox observances were gradually abandoned, Reform Judaism evolved, and some conversions to Christianity occurred, as integration into the surrounding German culture increased. Even though Central European Jews were legally emancipated during the 19th century, social acceptance took longer to achieve. Jewish women responded differently than men to modernity and the process of acculturation; while most became modern German-Jewish women, others had transformed into “new women” by the early 20th century.

Keywords:   Jewish women, Central Europe, early modern period, Reform Judaism, modernity, Central European Jews, Christian conversions

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