Please join us in welcoming the new editorial team at Jewish Social Studies: Tony Michels, Kenneth Moss, and Sarah Abrevaya Stein. The new editors take over for Steven Zipperstein and Derek Penslar, who have been editing the journal—with the earlier collaboration of Aron Rodrigue—since its reissue in 1993.
Tony, Kenneth, and Sara will continue cultivating new fields, exploring new boundaries of what counts as Jewish history, culture, and society, making space for scholarship that combines original research in Jewish studies within the larger framework of debates in the humanities and social sciences, while placing the study of cultural, political, social, textual, and intellectual phenomena together in one ongoing conversation.
The new editors are energized by the possibility of expanding the journal’s temporal range. As the journal continues expanding the boundaries that delineate Jewish studies, the editors welcome article submissions from outside the field—especially scholarship in the premodern era and on the present—that challenge the assumptions about Jewish modernity.
Created by Morris R. Cohen and Salo Baron in 1939—a dramatic year in Jewish history—Jewish Social Studies has become one of the most exciting, wide-reaching, and respected journals in the field. We welcome its new editors, and encourage you to explore this special issue that includes essays by scholars breaking new ground in Jewish historical scholarship.
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Community, Authority, and Jewish Midwives in Early Modern Europe
Two eighteenth-century Dutch Jewish midwives' registers discussed here testify to the broad circles these women traversed, the religious and class boundaries they crossed and also to their initiative in disseminating information about reproduction and maternal health.