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Birmingham's Rabbi: Morris Newfield and Alabama, 1895-1940 by Mark Cowett

By Mark Cowett

     American Jewish heritage has been criticized for its parochial nature since it has consisted principally of chronicles of yankee Jewish lifestyles and has frequently did not discover the connection among Jews and different ethnic teams in America.

    Rabbi Morris Newfield led Temple Emanu-El in Birmingham from 1895-1940 and was once counted one of the so much influential spiritual and social leaders of that city. Cowett chronicles Newfield’s occupation and makes use of it as a motor vehicle to discover the character of ethnic management in America. In doing so he explores the conflicts with which Newfield struggled to assist Jews retain a feeling of spiritual id in a predominately Southern Christian environment. Newfield’s occupation additionally portrays the fight of social welfare efforts in Alabama in the course of the innovative Era. He well-known the necessity for Jews to increase bonds with different American ethnic groups. Cowett portrays him as a mediator among not just Jew and Christian but in addition black and white, exertions and capital, liberal and conservative—in brief, in the complete spectrum of political and social trade in an industrial-based New south city.

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