Deborah R. Weiner, On Middle Ground: A History of the Jews of Baltimore


September 29, 2018




Inner Harbor Stage

Deborah R. Weiner is an independent historian. She is the author of Coalified Jews: An Appalachian History and her latest, On Middle Ground (written with Eric L. Goldstein), the first truly comprehensive history of Baltimore’s Jewish community.  Deborah R. Weiner describes not only the formal institutions of Jewish life but also the everyday experiences of families like the Brunns and of a diverse Jewish population that included immigrants and natives, factory workers and department store owners, traditionalists and reformers. The story of Baltimore Jews—full of absorbing characters and marked by dramas of immigration, acculturation, and assimilation—is the story of American Jews in microcosm. But its contours also reflect the city’s unique culture.


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