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"Historian Ellen Eisenberg is an articulate and engaging writer. In Embracing a Western Identity; Jewish Oregonians, 1849-1950, she brings a scholarly yet accessible perspective to the intriguing story of the Jewish experience in Oregon."

Jeanne Abrams, Annals of Wyoming: The Wyoming History Journal

"[Eisenberg] has offered a valuable and compelling counterpoint to a common American Jewish narrative."

Mark I. Greenberg, Western Washington University

"If [The Jewish Oregon Story] is equally strong, then Eisenberg will have written the definitive works on the Jewish Oregon experience."

Michael J. Hamberg, Pacific Northwest Quarterly

"Ellen Eisenberg provides a refreshing contrast to the stereotypical image of American Jewry as based in a "New Yorkish" culture. She traces the history of Jews in Oregon from the days of the California Gold Rush to the 1950s in the first two volumes on Oregon Jewish history. Arranged topically (with chronology within each topic), the book describes how Jewish Oregonians practiced their faith while participating fully in the state's political, social, and economic development."

Abraham Hoffman, Western States Jewish History

"Ellen Eisenberg envisions Embracing a Western Identity: Jewish Oregonians, 1849-1950 as the first of two volumes on the Oregon Jewish experience. Each of the six essays in this installment is deeply researched, drawing from a broad array of sources, from works published in the subfields of Jewish and western history (many of which Eisenberg authored or co-authored), to oral histories, city directories, census records, sermons and lectures, advertisements, newspaper articles and editorials (local and national), voting returns, and organizational records. The results are impressive."

- Mary Ann Irwin, Pacific Historical Review, May 2017

"Both studies [Embracing a Western Identity and The Jewish Oregon Story] should prove welcome additions to the bookshelves of scholars and others interested in western Jewish history, the history of American Jewish women, and, of course, the history of Jews in Oregon. They both function as solid reference works and can serve as foundational texts in university classrooms, continuing education programs, and other venues where Jews and others study the American Jewish experience...both books make an important contribution to our understanding of the Jewish experience in Oregon, the Far West, and in some ways, the United States."

-Erik Greenberg, The American Jewish Archives Journal

"Eisenberg's work...is at its best when she explores the insights, attitudes, and contributions of women...Her study...focuses greater attention on Jewish women's identities, and in so doing she provides important insight into the social implications of such ethnic divisions."
- Erik Greenberg, The American Jewish Archives Journal

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