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Holly Snyder

Holly Snyder is North American History librarian at the Brown University Library. She earned her Ph.D. in American history from Brandeis University and was previously a post-doctoral fellow in Modern Jewish Studies at Hampshire College. Her forthcoming book is entitled Geographical Destinies: Jewish Identity and Social Place in the British Atlantic World, 1654–1831. Her publications include articles in Jewish History, William and Mary Quarterly, Rhode Island Jewish Historical Notes and a chapter in Women and American Judaism. She has taught American and American Jewish history at Hampshire College, Smith College, Boston University, Northeastern University and Bentley College.

Articles by this author

Grace Seixas Nathan

Grace Seixas was born in Stratford, Connecticut, on November 11, 1752, into a family that loved both America and Jewishness and encouraged learning for all of its members. She began writing poetry as a young woman and continued this pursuit until her death, although none of her work was published during her lifetime.

Sara Ann Hays Mordecai

Sara Ann Hays Mordecai was the epitome of Victorian female devotion to literature, art, and domesticity—albeit one of a peculiarly Jewish bent. The sixth of ten children born to Samuel and Richea Gratz of Philadelphia, Sara Ann was born on September 27, 1805, and raised in a household dominated by the figure of her maternal aunt, Rebecca Gratz, who, for Sara Ann and her siblings, was the primary model of Jewish womanhood.

Gussie Edelman Wyner

Gussie Edelman Wyner was an early leader of the Boston Jewish community and a national leader of Hadassah who is credited with creating the idea of life memberships in women’s organizations and with establishing the first chapter of Junior Hadassah.

Frances Hart Sheftall

A colonial wife, mother, and housekeeper, Frances Hart Sheftall became something of a public figure during and after the Revolutionary War, in spite of her own intentions.

Abigail Minis

Born August 11, 1701, Abigail Minis was a businesswoman and landowner known for her support of the Revolutionary cause.

Zipporah Nunes Machado Jacobs

Zipporah Nunes was born a Conversa in Portugal circa 1710. After escaping to London to avoid being re-examined by the Inquisition, her family began practicing Judaism openly; later she became one of the first Jews to settle in the newly formed colony of Georgia in 1733.

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Jewish Women's Archive. "Holly Snyder." (Viewed on December 5, 2020) <https://jwa.org/encyclopedia/author/snyder-holly>.


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