Saskia Coenen Snyder, "Building a Public Judaism" (Harvard UP, 2013)


In Building a Public Judaism: Synagogues and Jewish Identity in Nineteenth-Century Europe (Harvard University Press, 2013), Saskia Coenen Snyder, Associate Professor of History at the University of South Carolina, uses buildings to tell a story; specifically, a story about how the construction and architecture of nineteenth-century European synagogues shed light on the different national experiences of modern European Jews. By looking at synagogues in four important European centers: London, Amsterdam, Paris, and Berlin, Snyder explores Jewish space as a marker of acculturation but not full acceptance.

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