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Moses Rischin

RISCHIN, MOSES (1925– ), U.S. historian. Born in New York City, Rischin received his Ph.D. from Harvard University in 1957. His work was centered on American, intellectual, Jewish, social, immigration, and urban history. He was appointed professor of history at San Francisco State College (later University) in 1964, and was also director of the Western Jewish History Center at Berkeley, California. He became professor emeritus at San Francisco State in 2002 upon his retirement.

Rischin's works include: Inventory of American Jewish History (1954); Our Own Kind: Voting by Race, Creed, or National Origin (1960); The Promised City: New York's Jews, 18701914 (1962); The American Gospel of Success (1965); Immigration and the American Tradition (1976); and Jewish Legacy and the German Conscience (with R. Asher, 1991). He also edited Hutchins Hapgood's Spirit of the Ghetto (1967); Abraham Cahan's Grandma Never Lived in America (1985); The Jews of North America (1987); and Jews of the American West (with J. Livingston, 1991).


J. Gorock and M. Raphael (eds.), An Inventory of Promises: Essays on American Jewish History: In Honor of Moses Rischin (1995).

Sources: Encyclopaedia Judaica. © 2008 The Gale Group. All Rights Reserved.