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Published: Feb 24 2014
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Barry L. Stiefel
Barry L. Stiefel is an assistant professor in the Historic Preservation and Community Planning and Urban Studies programs at the College of Charleston. He holds a Ph.D. in historic preservation from Tulane University.
David Rittenberg received his Ph.D. from Columbia University in Comparative Literature. He is an independent scholar and editor with interests in European history and Philosophy. Rittenberg lives in Charleston, South Carolina.
Samuel D. Gruber is the Holstein Family Visiting Lecturer at Syracuse University, head of the International Survey of Jewish Monuments, and author of Synagogues and American Synagogues: A Century of Architecture and Jewish Community.
"Although a conservationaist by training, Stiefel moves beyond the details of individual buildings to theorize how early Atlantic World synagogues reflect a desire to provide an "intangible, transportable, 'sanctuary' for postexilic Sephardim (p.5)."—Jewish Historical Studies
"A welcome and much-needed synthesis of Jewish life in the Atlantic world during the early modern period. Ranging from Gibraltar to Brazil, with special emphasis on architecture, this volume includes an important chapter on Jews and Blacks in the Atlantic world, and concludes with the finest survey of Atlantic-world synagogues ever produced."—Jonathan D. Sarna, Joseph H. & Belle R. Braun Professor of American Jewish History, Brandeis University and author of American Judaism: A History
"Barry Stiefel has produced a detailed study valuable to scholars and readable by laymen. It integrates wide-ranging social, political, economic, and architectural research. Connecting history to synagogues, he explains the origins and development of Atlantic Jewish communities in Europe and the Americas more comprehensively than others have done."—Carol Herselle Krinsky, professor of art history, New York University
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