THE SUPPORT and encouragement of many individuals and institutions were vital in bringing this project to fruition. I would like to begin by thanking my first mentors, Joel Doerfler and Geoffrey Blodgett, who sparked my interest in history and encouraged me early on in academic pursuits. Todd Endelman, my adviser at the University of Michigan,guided me through the process of research and writing the dissertation that this book grew out of, as did doctoral committee members Laura Lee Downs, Raymond Grew, and AnitaNorich.
The Rachkam School of Graduate Studies at the University of Michigan,the Memorial Foundation for Jewish Culture, and the National Foundation for Jewish Culture provided research and writing grants. Members of the staff of the library at the Alliance Israélite Universelle in Paris, where I completed the majority of my research, were always helpful and created a friendly work environment that was very much appreciated. Both Aron Rodrigue and Paula Hyman provided direction in the early stages of the project and encouragement once it was completed. Marion Kaplan and Maud Mandel generously read the completed dissertation and gave me suggestions for revisions.
A Dorot Post-Doctoral Fellowship in the Department of Hebrew and Judaic Studies at NewYork University in 2001/2 provided the opportunity to begin transforming the dissertation into a book, as did the continuing encouragement and advice of Todd Endelman and Laura Lee Downs, whose support, both personal and professional, has been invaluable to me since I relocated to France in 2002.
Catherine Nicault also helped me to regain my footing in France, and I am particularly grateful to her for inviting me to co-ordinate an issue of Archives juives dedicated to the ‘Réveil juif des années vingt’ that I describe in the pages to come. The opportunity to participate in dialogue with the colleagues who contributed to this volume, including Catherine Nicault, Catherine Fhima, Dominique Jarrassé, Chantal Meyer-Plantureux, and Michel Leymarie, was extremely helpful to me as I prepared the final version of the manuscript. Thanks also to Ronald Schecter for his enthusiasm for the (p.viii) project and invitation to contribute to a special issue of Historical Reflections on the significance of French Jewish history, as well as to Evelyn Ackerman, whose glowing praise for the manuscript encouraged me immensely.
Other friends and colleagues too numerous to name provided support and encouragement at different stages. I would particularly like to thank Lisa Moses Leff, the first reader of my first chapter, and Eric Goldstein, with whom I have had many helpful conversations over the years. It has been a pleasure to work with Janet Moth,Connie Webber,and Ludo Craddock at the Littman Library. The Hanadiv Charitable Foundation (now the Rothschild Foundation Europe) helped finance the publication of the book.
I could not have completed this book without the love and support of my family. Thank you to my mother, Myriam Miedzian (who helped translate the quotes from French), my stepfather Gary Ferdman, my sister and best friend Alisa Malinovich, and my dear relation, fellow historian, and always willing reader and critic, Bonnie Anderson.
My husband Max Silberztein has seen me through from beginning to end, and I can only begin to thank him for his enthusiasm and encouragement, both professional and personal. Our wonderful children, Avram and Rosa, arrived just as I was beginning to transform the dissertation into a book, and special thanks go to Justyna Iwanicka, a niania who has made it a pleasure to be both a mother and a historian.
I only wish that I could place this book in the hands of my father, Stanley Malinovich, whose steadfast love and faith in me I will always carry in my heart.