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Hyman, Paula E. (1946–) - Jewish History

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Paula E. Hyman was born in 1946 in Boston, Massachusetts, the daughter of Sydney Max and Ida Frances (Tatelman) Hyman. As a youth she was involved in New York Havurah, a group of young Jews celebrating and studying Judaism. She also helped found Ezrat Nashim, the first feminist organization actively pressing for the improvement of the status of women within the Jewish community. She attended Hebrew College in Brookline, Massachusetts, and then Radcliffe College, earning a bachelor’s degree in 1968. She then attended Columbia University as a student of Judaic studies, earning a master’s degree in 1970 and a Ph.D. in 1975.

From 1974 to 1981 Hyman was assistant professor at Columbia University. She was at Jewish Theological Seminary from 1981 through 1986, as associate professor of history and dean of the College of Jewish Studies. In 1986 Hyman was Lady Davis Visiting Associate Professor at Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She returned to the United States to accept a position as Lucy Moses Professor of History at Yale University, where she continues to teach.

The author, editor, or co-editor of five books and numerous scholarly articles, Hyman is also one of the series editors for The Modern Jewish Experience, which includes sixteen volumes thus far and is published by Indiana University Press. Hyman’s 1991 publication, The Emancipation of the Jews of Alsace , explores how the ideals of acculturation and assimilation were problematic for Alsatian Jews, the first traditional Jewish community in Europe to gain civil equality. Her most recent publication, Gender and Assimilation in Modern Jewish History: The Roles and Representation of Women , comes from a series of lectures she delivered at the University of Washington. In this work Hyman continues her interest in women’s and gender history. “Although my own professional training was conspicuously silent on the subject of women,” she writes, “and gender was a concept only of interest to anthropologists,… my involvement with feminism at the university and in the Jewish community sparked my curiosity about women in the past and the role of gender in human experience.” In her scholarly work, as Beverly Golemba states, Hyman examines the role of Jewish women in history and argues that the myth of the Jewish woman as the keeper of the Jewish community has perpetuated her servile role in the family.

Hyman has served as contributing editor to Sh’ma magazine in New York City since 1977 and has provided professional service to the American Historical Association, the Association of Jewish Studies, the Leo Baeck Institute, and the Yivo Institute for Jewish Research. She has received grants and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Council of Learned Societies, and the New York Council for the Humanities.

Paula Hyman is married to Stanley Rosenbaum, and they have two children, Judith Hyman Rosenbaum and Adina Hyman Rosenbaum.

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