Steven Mark Lowenstein

Steven Mark Lowenstein
Emeritus, American Jewish University

I was born in New York to immigrants from Germany who arrived in the 1930s. I attended CCNY and Princeton University where I specialized in Early Modern History. I worked on the German-Jewish/ Western Yiddish portion of the Language and Culture Atlas of Ashkenazic Jewry.

My main research interests have been the German Jewish community, especially its social and cultural history, with an emphasis on the survival and change of tradition and the rural community. In addition I am interested in the Yiddish language and its connection with migration history and Ashkenazic origins as well as in Jewish folk culture throughout the world. I retired in 2008 and embarked on a second career and am now working as a psychiatric social worker for the county of Los Angeles.


Selected Publications

Frankfurt on the Hudson: The German Jewish Community of Washington Heights 1933-1983 — its Structure and Culture

The Berlin Jewish Community: Enlightenment, Family and Crisis 1770-1830

The Jewish Cultural Tapestry: International Jewish Folk Traditions

A Population History of German Jewry 1815-1939 [in preparation]

co-author of German Jewish History in Modern times, vol. 3 Integration in Dispute 1871-1918

co-author of Jewish Daily Life in Germany 1618-1945