By interrogating America's promise of a home for Jews as citizens of the liberal state, Jews and Feminism questions the very terms of this social "contract". Maintaining that Jews, women, and Jewish women are not necessarily secure within this construction of the state, Laura Levitt links this contractual construction of belonging and acceptance to legacies of marriage as a contractual home for Jewish women.

Exploring the immigration of Jews from Eastern Europe for America, as well as their desire to make this country their permanent home, Levitt raises questions about the search for stability in specific Jewish religious and cultural traditions which is linked to the liberal academy as well as feminist study, thus offering an account of an ambivalent Jewish feminist embrace of America as home.

chapter |14 pages

introduction: Home

chapter 1|12 pages


part |2 pages

part one Jewish Women at Home

chapter 2|22 pages

Reading Ketubbot

chapter 3|12 pages

Becoming Liberal

chapter 4|12 pages

The Sexual Contract

chapter 6|14 pages

Marriage as Feminist Theology?

part |2 pages

part two Feminist Study

chapter 7|14 pages

Feminist Dreams of Home

chapter 8|12 pages

Jews in Feminist Study

part |2 pages

part three Ambivalent Embraces

chapter 9|16 pages

Returning to Atlanta

chapter 10|8 pages

Claiming America

chapter 11|4 pages

What's in a Name?