Mamie Goldsmith Gamoran chose to combat assimilation in America by writing children’s books on Jewish history and holidays that encouraged children to feel proud of their dual identities as Jews and Americans. Gamoran worked with the Association of Jewish High School Girls and earned a teaching degree from the Jewish Theological Seminary in 1922, the same year she married Emanuel Gamoran, who made substantial contributions to Jewish religious education in America. After his death, Mamie Gamoran coedited his 1979 biography, Emanuel Gamoran: His Life and Work, to introduce his ideas to a broader audience. Her own work made a great impact on the field of Jewish education as well: she wrote a three-volume work, The New Jewish History, in the 1950s to give Jewish children the sense that they were participants in an ongoing, exciting tradition. She also wrote Fun Ways to Holidays: A Book of Puzzles Based on American and Jewish Holidays, a popular book which encouraged children to feel they didn’t have to choose between being Jewish and being American. Gamoran served as a volunteer for Hadassah and as both a national board member and vice president of Histadruth Ivrith of America, an organization that promoted the Hebrew language.
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