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Karla Goldman

Sol Drachler Professor of Social Work, School of Social Work, and Professor of Judaic Studies, College of LS&A

Karla  Goldman

Karla Goldman's research focuses on the history of the American Jewish experience with special attention to the history of American Jewish communities and the evolving roles and contributions of American Jewish women. She directs the University of Michigan Jewish Communal Leadership Program, a collaborative effort between the School of Social Work and the Frankel Center for Judaic Studies.

Goldman previously taught at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Cincinnati and was historian in residence at the Jewish Women’s Archive in Brookline, Massachusetts. She is the author of Beyond the Synagogue Gallery: Finding a Place for Women in American Judaism (Harvard Univeristy Press).

Research Interests/Focus

American Jewish women, American Judaism, Hurricane Katrina, Jewish identity, Jewish women, Jews in universities, University of Michigan, Jewish urban experience

Contact Information

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Year Degree   School
1993 PhD Am. History Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
1986 MA Am. History Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
1982 BA History Yale University, New Haven, CT
  • Goldman, K. (in press). Patterns of Reform: The Challenge of Women’s Roles in Nineteenth-Century American and German Reform Judaism. In Homolka, W., & Bomhoff, H. (Eds.), Female Rabbis, Pastors, and Ministers: Gendered Pathways toward Leadership.
  • Goldman, K. (2022). Cincinnati's Best Citizens: Jewish Community in an American City. Ohio Valley History, 22(3), 19-41.
  • Goldman, K. (2021). For the future protection of the lands and of the souls of the Jews who are committed to our care: Jewish Cemeteries of Greater Cincinnati. American Jewish Archives, 73(2), 146-158.
  • Goldman, K. (2021). Don't hush me!: American Jewish College Students and Jewish Identity in the Interwar Period. In Mark A Raider & Gary Phillip Zola (Eds.), New Perspectives in American Jewish History (pp. 223-233). Brandeis University Press.
  • Goldman, K. (2021). With Mark Raider, “’Pilgrims,’ also Known as ‘Mayflower and ‘Illegal’ Passenger Ship’: Arthur Szyk and the Twin Promised Lands of America and Palestine. In Raider and Zola, (Eds.), New Perspectives in American Jewish History (pp. 258-260).
  • Goldman, K. (2020). Lessons of Hurricane Katrina for American Jews. Jewish Social Studies 181-191.
  • Goldman, K. (2020). The Longing for Jewish Homes, Jewish Babies, and the Trouble with Jewish Women. American Jewish History 195-200.
  • Goldman, K. (2017). Beyond the Synagogue Gallery? Women’s Changing Roles in Nineteenth-Century American and German Judaism. In Wiese, C., & Wilhelm, C., (Eds.), American Jewry: Transcending the European Experience. London and New York: Bloomsbury Academic.
  • Goldman, K. (2016). Early American Judaism: New forms of religious expression. In Mendelsohn, A. D., & Rosengarte, D., (Eds.), Dawn's Early Light: Jewish Contributions to American Culture from the Nation's Founding to the Civil War. Princeton: Princeton University Press.
  • Goldman, K. (2015). The first woman rabbi: Bringing fraulein rabbiner Regina Jonas into our past and our future. eJewish Philanthropy.
  • Goldman, K. (2015). Katrina's Jews: Reflections on privilege, history, and American Jewish community. eJewish Philanthropy.

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