Deborah Dash Moore

Deborah Dash Moore
Frederick G. L. Huetwell Professor of History and Judaic Studies
University of Michigan

Deborah Dash MooreDeborah Dash Moore specializes in twentieth century American Jewish history.

She is the author of a trilogy. Her first book, At Home in America: Second Generation New York Jews (1981), explores how the children of immigrants created an ethnic world that blended elements of Jewish and American culture into a vibrant urban society. In GI Jews: How World War II Changed a Generation (2004), she charts the lives of fifteen young Jewish men as they faced military service and tried to make sense of its demands, simultaneously wrestling with what it meant to be an American and a Jew. To the Golden Cities: Pursuing the American Jewish Dream in Miami and L. A. (1994) follows those Jews who chose to move to new homes after World War II and examines the type of communities and politics that flourished in these rapidly growing centers.

Issues of leadership, authority and accomplishment have also engaged her attention, most prominently in the award-winning two-volume Jewish Women in America: An Historical Encyclopedia (1997), which she edited with Paula Hyman, of blessed memory.

In 2001 together with Howard Rock she explored the visual dimensions of urban life and the challenge of blending social history with images. Cityscapes: A History of New York in Images suggests that how we see the city affects how we think about it. This led her to essay a short book on the Urban Origins of American Judaism (2014) that argues for the powerful impact of cities’ diversity in fostering a pluralist Jewish American religious culture.

Most recently, she synthesized the three volumes of City of Promises into a single history, Jewish New York: The Remarkable Story of a People and a City (2017).

Selected Publications

At Home in America: Second Generation New York Jews (1981)

GI Jews: How World War II Changed a Generation (2004)

To the Golden Cities: Pursuing the American Jewish Dream in Miami and L.A. (1994)

Urban Origins of American Judaism (2014)

Jewish New York: The Remarkable Story of a People and a City (2017).