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Dianne Ashton

Dianne Ashton is Professor of Religion and Director of American Studies at Rowan University. She is the author of Rebecca Gratz: Women and Judaism in Antebellum America, Jewish Life in Pennsylvania, and co-editor of Four Centuries of Jewish Women’s Spirituality. Her essays have appeared in many scholarly collections and encyclopedias. She is currently working on a history of Hanukkah in America.

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Emma Mordecai

Emma Mordecai (1812-1906) navigated direct challenges to her Jewish faith and to her southern ideals by remaining loyal to both. She responded to the Civil War, which stirred antisemitism in the South and especially threatened Richmonders, with renewed commitments to Judaism and to the ideals of the Old South.

Rebecca Gratz

Through the schools, philanthropic societies, and orphanages she established, Rebecca Gratz established a new model of religious education and made it possible for a new generation to identify as both fully Jewish and fully American.

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Jewish Women's Archive. "Dianne Ashton." (Viewed on September 29, 2022) <https://jwa.org/encyclopedia/author/ashton-dianne>.

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