Orphan Studies

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1 Friedman, Reena Sigman These Are Our Children : Jewish Orphanages in the United States, 1880-1925
The large influx of Eastern European Jewish immigrants into the United States during the late 19th and early 20th centuries signaled a dramatic change not just in American society but also in the existing American Jewish community. As this population grew, so did the need to care for their orphaned, destitute, and abandoned children. Three representative orphanages are studied here - New York's Hebrew Orphanage Asylum, Philadelphia's Jewish Foster Home, and Cleveland's Jewish Orphan Asylum - placing them in the context of the Progressive movement as well as the evolving child welfare field in the United States. Interviews with orphanage alumni enable the author to show that these institutions not only sheltered and educated their charges, but also instilled values intended to mold productive, loyal American citizens. While the institutions reflected traditional Jewish teachings, the same philosophies that enabled children to embrace life in the New World frequently caused estrangement from their natural parents and the Old World cultures of their families. 298 pages with index, notes, and bibliography. 6 1/4" x 9 1/4
Brandeis University Press
Hanover, NH, 1994, First Edition
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