Edited by Ava F. Kahn and Marc Dollinger
"California Judaism is as sound as it is spirited. California Jews is the book to convince you; try it!"
Jewish Book World
All in all, this excellent book helps us achieve a broader perspective on Jews in California. The black-and-white and color photographs help make the book even better. It is highly recommended, even for those not specifically concerned about California.
The book covers Jews in the Gold Rush, behind-the-scenes Jewish influence on Hollywood during the 1930s, and the success of Jewish women in politics, among other issues that add considerably to our understanding of the complex history of ethnic California.
The color illustrations are glorious; the large photos and reprints of documents are clear and engrossing . . . Each chapter is a self contained topic, chapters advancing chronologically from the 1848 Gold Rush to the 1990's. Readers can pick and choose subjects and be assured when they do that they will be well informed by digestible facts, insightful analysis, sources and footnotes . . . California Judaism is as sound as it is spirited. California Jews is the book to convince you; try it!
—Jewish Book World
California Jews offers a window into one of the most intriguing communities in American Jewish history.
—Jewish Telegraphic Agency
California Jews is a presentation of Jewish life, history, and culture in California that explores relations with other ethnic groups, social change, innovations, demography, and community history.
AVA F. KAHN has taught at the University of California at Davis and San Francisco State University. Her publications include Jews of the Pacific Coast: Reinventing Community on America’s Edge and Jewish Voices of the California Gold Rush: A Documentary History 1849–1880. MARC DOLLINGER teaches at San Francisco State University and is the author of Quest for Inclusion: Jews and Liberalism in Modern America.