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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

Education

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
Year Description
2018 Antisemitism Today Roundtable
2017 Goldman, K. (2017, February). American Exclusions/American Ideals: From the Immigration Restriciton Acts to the Trump Administration, Perspectives on Im/Migration, Exclusion and Discrimination Teach-In, University of Michigan.
2017 Goldman, K. (2017, April). Jews at Michigan: Inclusion and Exclusion. University of Michigan Bicentennial Interfaith Conference, Ross School of Business.
2017 Goldman, K. (2017, February). Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at the University of Michigan during the Era of Jewish Admissions Quotas, 1925-1939, University of Michigan Bicentennial Event, Hatcher Library, University of Michigan.
2017 Goldman, K., McDonald, T. (2017, February). Jewish experience at the University of Michigan. Guest lecture for UC256/History 232, "22 Ways to Think about the History of the University of Michigan," Professor T. McDonald, Ann Arbor, MI.
2016 Goldman, K. (2016, June). Cultural Barriers Faced by Jewish Women Yesterday and Today, Michigan Women Who Made a Difference, Jewish Historical Society of Michigan Jewish Voices conference, Grand Rapids.
2016 Goldman, Karla. (2016, December). From Nineteenth-Century Benevolence to Twenty-First Century Philanthropy: The Jewish Foundaiton of Cincinnati in the Arc of Cincinnati Jewish History, Association for Jewish Studies conference, San Diego, CA.
2015 Goldman, K. (2015, November). Patterns of reform: Women's changing roles in nineteenth-century American and German Judaism. Women's Leadership on Faith Communities Conference, Abraham Geiger College, Potsdam, Germany.
2015 Goldman, K. (2015, December). Social justice pedagogies. Panelist, Association for Jewish Studies Conference, Boston, MA.
2015 Goldman, K. (2015, December). The emergence of American Jewish communal philanthropy and of American municipal reform: The view from Cincinnati. Association for Jewish Studies Conference, Boston, MA.
2015 Goldman, K. (2015, March). Repairing the world? Changing notions of social justice and the American challenge of Tikkun Olam. LIMMUD Michigan, Michigan Union, Ann Arbor, MI.
2015 Goldman, K. (2015, April). The first woman rabbi: reconsidering Rabbiner Regina Jonas and the narrative of Jewish women's history. Presentation at Slifka Center, Yale University, New Haven, CT.
2015 Goldman, K. (2015, February). Jewish experience at the University of Michigan. Guest lecture for UC256/History 232, "22 Ways to Think about the History of the University of Michigan," Professor T. McDonald, Ann Arbor, MI.
2012 Goldman, K. (2011, June). Gathering the storm: Exploring Katrina's Jewish voices and the significance of oral history collection. Session organizer and presenter at the American Librarians Association Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA.
2012 Goldman, K. (2012, March). Quantified bodies of knowledge in contemporary Jewry. Respondent at The Social Life of Jewish Numbers conference, Frankel Center for Judaic Studies, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI.
2012 Goldman, K. (2012, February). Where the particular encounters the universal: The Civil Rights Movement in museum education. Moderator and session co-chair at the Council of American Jewish Museums annual conference, Henry Ford Museum, Dearborn, MI.
2012 Goldman, K. (2012, February). Gender, decorum, and aesthetics in the making of the American synagogue. Conference on Surveying Sacred Space, Pepperdine University. Malibu, CA.
2010 Goldman, K. (2010, December). New perspectives on Jewish women and the feminist revolution, chair and respondent. Association for Jewish Studies conference, Boston, MA.
2008 Goldman, K. (2008, June). Making trouble: funny Jewish women and the cultural costs of comedy. National Women's Studies Association annual conference. Cincinnati, OH.
2008 Goldman, K. (2008, June). Exploring Katrina’s Jewish voices. Presented at the Scholars’ Conference on American Jewish History, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, Los Angeles, CA.
2008 Goldman, K. (2008, June). Making trouble: Funny Jewish women and the the cultural costs of comedy. Presented at the National Women’s Studies Association annual conference, Cincinnati, OH.
2007 Goldman, K. (2007, February). Cincinnati’s Jewish women and the reshaping of community. Presented at the Conference on A Jewish Feminine Mystique? Jewish Women in Postwar America, New York University, New York, NY.
2007 Goldman, K. (2007, April). Democratizing history on-line. Presented at the American Association for History and Computing Annual Meeting, Brown University, Providence, RI.
2007 Goldman, K. (2007, November). Hurricane Katrina: Historical themes and memories. Keynote presented at the Southern Jewish Historical Society, Washington, D.C.
2007 Goldman, K. (2007, December). Running against the mainstream: The anomaly of the American Jewish center. Presented at the International Conference on Contemporary Reform Judaism: Sociology, Education and Theology, The Van Leer Institute, Jerusalem, Israel.
2006 Goldman, K. (2006, June). The Jewish woman in America after thirty years (round-table panelist). Presented at the Biennial Scholars’ Conference on American Jewish History, Charleston, SC.
2006 Goldman, K. (2006, November). Voices of moderation: Jewish women and the Civil Rights Movement (commentator). Presented at the Southern Jewish Historical Society Conference, Little Rock, AR.
2006 Goldman, K. (2006, December). Public faith and private virtue: Cincinnati’s American Israelites. Presented at the Association of Jewish Studies conference, San Diego, CA.
2005 Goldman, K. (2005, May). America paves the way for Jewish women. Presented at the Conference on 350 Years of American Jewry, 1654-2004: Transcending the European Experience? Tutzing, Bavaria.
2005 Goldman, K. (2005, November). Regionalism: Assessing its impact on American Jewish life. Presented at the Southern Jewish Historical Society Conference, Baltimore, MA.
2005 Goldman, K. (2005, December). When American history is Jewish women’s history. Presented at the Assocation for Jewish Studies conference, Washington, DC.
2004 Goldman, K. (2004, March). Gateways to the Lord: When synagogues become black churches. Presented at the Conference on Architecture, Urbanism and the Jewish Subject, Pennsylvania State University, State College, PA.
2004 Goldman, K. (2004, March). The emergence of the Jewess: Negotiating white Christian civilization in the 1890s. Presented at the Conference on Imagining American Jewish Community, Jewish Theological Seminary, New York, NY.
2004 Goldman, K. (2004, June). Along with all other Americans: The 1954 tercentenary celebration of American Jewish history and life. Presented at the Biennial Scholars Conference on American Jewish History, American University, Washington, D.C.
2004 Goldman, K. (2004, November). Under Freedom: The 1954 American Jewish tercentenary’s embrace of America. Presented at Temple University, Philadelphia, PA.
2004 Goldman, K. (2004, December). Radical insiders: The challenge of women’s activism within American Judaism. Presented at the Conference on Radical Women, University of Haifa, Haifa, Israel.
2003 Goldman, K. (2003, May). Women in Reform Judaism: Between religion and respectability, rhetoric and reality. Presented at the Conference on the Changing Role of Women in American Jewish Life, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI.
2003 Goldman, K. (2003, October). The path to "Americanization": Women and the restructuring of American Judaism. Presented at the Conference on Women and American Religion: Reimagining the Past, University of Chicago Divinity School, Chicago, IL.
2003 Goldman, K. (2003, December). Along with all other Americans: The 1954 celebration of 300 years of American Jewish life. Presented at the Modern Jewish Studies Colloquium, Brandeis University, Waltham, MA.
2002 Goldman, K. (2000, December). The civic identity of Cincinnati’s Jews. Presented at the Association for Jewish Studies, Boston, MA.
2002 Goldman, K. (2002, January). Beyond the synagogue gallery: Men, women and the reframing of American Judaism. Presented at the Charles P. Scott Symposium on Women in Religion, Middlebury College, Middlebury, VT.
2002 Goldman, K. (2002, April). Weaving Jewish women’s lives on the web. Presented at the Organization of American Historians, Washington D.C.
2002 Goldman, K. (2002, June). Jewish women’s lives on the web. Presented at the Berkshire Conference on the History of Women, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT.
2002 Goldman, K. (2002, June). The synagogues of nineteenth-century American Jews: Reexamining "Americanization". Presented at the Fifth Scholars’ Conference on American Jewish History, Albany University, Albany, NY.
2002 Goldman, K. (2002, November). African Americans and Jews in America, 1945-the present: A complex relationship in a complex world. Presented at Oberlin College, Oberlin, OH.
2002 Goldman, K. (2002, December). The view from 1954: Celebrating 300 years of American Jewish life. Presented at the Association for Jewish Studies, Los Angeles, CA.
2001 Goldman, K. (2001, October). Women and American Reform Judaism: Rhetoric and reality. Presented at the Klutznick-Harris Symposium, Lincoln, NE.
2000 Goldman, K. (2000, October). Gateways to the Lord: The legacy of synagogue buildings for African-American churches. Presented at the Institute for the Advanced Study of Religion at Yale seminar, Yale University, New Haven, CT.
2000 Goldman, K. (2000, October). Patterns of philanthropy: Nineteenth-century women's societies in Germany and the United States. Presented at the Conference on German-Jewish Identities in America: From the Civil War to the Present, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI.
2000 Goldman, K. (2000, November). Women's societies in nineteenth-century southern Jewish communities. Presented at the Meeting of Southern Jewish Historical Society, Cincinnati, OH.
1999 Goldman, K. (1999, February). A house divided? Building cultural contexts (respondent). Presented at the School of Architecture and Interior Design, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH.
1999 Goldman, K. (1999, June). Uncovering hidden identities, reading against the grain; American Jewish women and the art of self-fashioning (commentator). Presented at the Berkshire Conference on the History of Women, University of Rochester, Rochester, NY.
1999 Goldman, K. (1999, June). The historical context of racial reconciliation. Presented at The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center Symposium on Racial Reconciliation, University of Cincinnati School of Law, Cincinnati, OH.
1998 Goldman, K. (1998, March). The public religious lives of Cincinnati’s Jewish women. Presented at Consultation on the Religious Lives of American Jewish Women, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA.
1998 Goldman, K. (1998, April). Houses for body and soul: Synagogues, churches, and the construction of American religiosity. Annual Meeting of the Organization of American Historians, Indianapolis, IN.
1998 Goldman, K. (1998, May). Judaism, Religion in the news. Presented at the Poynter Center, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN.
1998 Goldman, K. (1998, December). Women and nineteenth-century Judaism: A comparative inquiry. Presented at the Association for Jewish Studies, Boston, MA.
1997 Goldman, K. (1997, April). Gender and the reform of American Judaism. Presented at Secular and Religious Reform Movements in American History, Middelburg Conference of European Historians of the United States, Middelburg, Netherlands.
1997 Goldman, K. (1997, August). Reform, gender, and the boundaries of American Judaism in the late nineteenth century. Presented at the World Congress of Jewish Studies, Jerusalem.
1997 Goldman, K. (1997, October). Americanizing sacred space: The gendered transformation of the synagogue. Presented at Making Sacred Spaces, the Sixth International and Interdisciplinary Conference on Built Form & Culture Research, Cincinnati, OH.
1996 Goldman, K. (1996, March). Women and Judaism. Presented at the Symposium on Saving Grace: Celebrating the Spirituality of American Women, Tennessee Technological University, Cookeville, TN.
1996 Goldman, K. (1996, May). The gendered transformation of the American Synagogue. Presented at the Colloquium on Mediating Spaces: American Religion and Place, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ.
1996 Goldman, K. (1996, June). To drink directly from the fountain of religion: The question of women's membership in the nineteenth-century American synagogue. Presented at the Berkshire Conference on the History of Women, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC.
1996 Goldman, K. (1996, June). From "hen coop" to family pew. Presented at the Second Scholars Conference on American Jewish History, Jewish Theological Seminary, New York, NY.
1995 Goldman, K. (1995, January). In search of an American Judaism: Rivalry and reform in the growth of two Cincinnati synagogues. Presented at the American Society of Church History meeting, Chicago, IL.
1995 Goldman, K. (1995, April). The place of women in American Judaism. Presented at the American Jewish Historical Society/Brandeis University Joint Seminar, Waltham, MA.
1995 Goldman, K. (1995, December). The struggle for authority in the creation of community: Tradition and change in Cincinnati, 1840-1869. Presented at the Association for Jewish Studies, Boston, MA.
1994 Goldman, K. (1994, June). Racial thinking and Jewish philanthropy in the late nineteenth century. Presented at the Scholars Conference on Jewish American History and Life, Brandeis University, Waltham, MA.
1993 Goldman, K. (1993, April). Women in the American Reform Temple of the 1890's. Presented at the Gender and Judaism Conference, Columbus, Ohio.
1993 Goldman, K. (1993, June). Ambivalent benevolence: Female Jewish philanthropy and the immigrant Jew. Presented at the Berkshire Conference on the History of Women, Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, NY.
1993 Goldman, K. (1993, October). The emergence of women in the American synagogue. Presented at Crossing Boundaries: Women in American Jewish History Conference, University of Maryland, College Park, MD.
1992 Goldman, K. (1992, April). Women and nineteenth-century American Judaism. Presented at the University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY.
1991 Goldman, K. (1991, December). Beyond the gallery: Women and the American reinvention of the synagogue. Presented at the Association for Jewish Studies, Boston, MA.
1990 Goldman, K. (1990, November). Women's rights in conflict with the prayers: Women in the emergence of the American synagogue. Presented at Hebrew Union College, Cincinnati, Ohio.
1989 Goldman, K. (1989, December). Kaufmann Kohler and the ideal Jewish woman. Presented at the Association for Jewish Studies, Boston, MA.

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