Dr. Sarah Schmidt

Dr. Sarah Schmidt teaches courses related to modern Jewish history at the Rothberg International School of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, with an emphasis both on Israeli and American Jewish history.

Publications by Dr. Sarah Schmidt

Louis Marshall and the Rise of Jewish Ethnicity in America, A Biography, by M. M. Silver

M. M. Silver, an American-Israeli historian who teaches at the Max Stern College of Emek Yezreel in Israel, has produced an extensively researched and heavily documented study of Louis Marshall, the early twentieth-century American-Jewish leader. Read More »

The Jewish Origins of Cultural Pluralism: The Menorah Association and American Diversity, by Daniel Greene

The Jewish Origins of Cultural Pluralism: The Menorah Association and American Diversity, by Daniel Greene, Indiana University Press, 2011. 185 pp. Reviewed by Sarah Schmidt Daniel Greene, Director of the Scholl Center for American History and Culture at the Newberry […] Read More »

Sarah Schmidt on Our Exodus: Leon Uris and the Americanization of Israel’s Founding Story by M.M. Silver

By showing how the representation of historical events in Exodus reflected Uris’s need to define for himself a stronger identity as a Jew, one that would also bolster the morale of American Jews in post-Holocaust America, Silver frames his central argument: though  in Exodus Uris simplified some facts and distorted others, he provided a vast amount of information about Jewish history and popularized the Zionist narrative, providing examples of Jewish heroism that erased more conventional, “lachrymose” accounts of Jewish history.[1] ThusExodus played a vital role in the recovery of Jewish self-confidence after the devastation of the Holocaust and inspired American Jews to display openly their ethnic pride in a Jewish state. Read More »

Sarah Schmidt on American Jewry’s Comfort Level: Present and Future, by Manfred Gerstenfeld and Steven Bayme

America’s Jews: An Evolving Community
American Jewry’s Comfort Level: Present and Future, by Manfred Gerstenfeld and Steven Bayme, Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs and the American Jewish Committee, 2010, 263 pp.
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Sarah Schmidt on Jewish Immigrants and American Capitalism, 1880-1920: From Caste to Class

A Revisionist History
Jewish Immigrants and American Capitalism, 1880-1920: From Caste to Class, by Eli Lederhendler, Cambridge University Press, 2009, 132 pp.
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Sarah Schmidt on Menachem Begin: The Absent Leader, by Ofer Grosbard

A Tragic Tale
Menachem Begin: The Absent Leader, by Ofer Grosbard, Strategic Research and Policy Center, National Defense College, IDF, 2007, 384 pp.
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Sarah Schmidt on Bearing False Witness: Jimmy Carter’s Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid, edited by CAMERA

CAMERA Fights Back
Bearing False Witness: Jimmy Carter’s Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid, edited by CAMERA: Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America, 2007, 99 pp.
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Sarah Schmidt on Uncouth Nation: Why Europe Dislikes America, by Andre S. Markovits

"Uncouth" Nation, or Just a Powerful One?
Uncouth Nation: Why Europe Dislikes America, by Andre S. Markovits, Princeton University Press, 2007, 275 pp.
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Sarah Schmidt on On the Road to Armageddon: How Evangelicals Became Israel’s Best Friend

Dangerous Friends
On the Road to Armageddon: How Evangelicals Became Israel’s Best Friend, by Timothy P. Weber, Baker Academic, 2004, 329 pp.
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Sarah Schmidt on Nations United: How the United Nations Is Undermining Israel and the West

The Power of Words
Nations United: How the United Nations Is Undermining Israel and the West, by Alex Grobman, Balfour Books, 2006, 192 pp.
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Sarah Schmidt on The Struggle for Soviet Jewry in American Politics: Israel versus the American Jewish Establishment

Are We One?
The Struggle for Soviet Jewry in American Politics: Israel versus the American Jewish Establishment, by Fred. A. Lazin, Lexington Books, 2005, 356 pp.
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Our Cousins “Down Under” Jews and Australian Politics edited by Geoffrey Brahm Levey and Philip Mendes

Geoffrey Brahm Levy, senior lecturer in politics and international relations and coordinator of the Jewish Studies Program at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia, and Philip Mendes, senior lecturer in social policy and community development at Monash University in Melbourne, have compiled thirteen essays that explore the politics of today’s Australian Jewish community. Although the book makes almost no mention of Australian Jews’ patterns of religious identity and observance, it does provide a multifaceted picture of the group’s political activities and agendas, thereby illuminating a little-known aspect of a Jewish community that is now the tenth largest in the world. Read More »

Sarah Schmidt on Jews and Australian Politics

Our Cousins "Down Under"
Jews and Australian Politics edited by Geoffrey Brahm Levey and Philip Mendes
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