Ellen Smith

Ellen Smith is curator of the American Jewish Historical Society. Her recent publications include Portraits of a Community: The Image and Experience of Early American Jews and The Jews of Boston, coedited with Jonathan D. Sarna. Among Smith’s major exhibitions are On Common Ground: The Boston Jewish Experience, 1620–1980, Send Us a Lady Physician: Women Doctors in America, 1870–1920, and The Jews of Boston. She is one of nine national scholar members of the Henry Luce Foundation grant project, “The Visual Culture of American Religions,” and a founding advisory board member of the Center for Jewish Women’s Studies at Brandeis University.

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