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David E. Kaufman

David E. Kaufman is an American Jewish historian trained at the Jewish Theological Seminary (MA, 1986) and Brandeis University (PhD, 1993). As an academic he has served on the faculties of the Hebrew Union College in Los Angeles, CA, and Hofstra University in Hempstead, NY, and has authored two books, Shul with a Pool (1999) and Jewhooing the Sixties (2012). He is currently working independently as a public historian focused on the New York Jewish experience.

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Young Women's Hebrew Association

The Young Women’s Hebrew Association was established in New York in 1902, with the primary aim of providing social recreational activities for Jewish working girls. As a communal agency run entirely by and for women, the YMHA provided an important political arena for Jewish women in the early twentieth century.

Ruth Messinger

Following successive careers as a New York City politician president and director of a major Jewish organization, Ruth Messinger has become nothing less than an icon of American Jewish progressive leadership. She became Manhattan borough president in 1990. After losing the 1997 mayor’s election to Rudolph Giuliani, she became the president and CEO of the American Jewish World Service, a position she held from 1998 to 2017.

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Jewish Women's Archive. "David E. Kaufman." (Viewed on February 4, 2023) <https://jwa.org/encyclopedia/author/kaufman-david>.

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